Thousands Of U.S. Personnel Evacuated To Puget Sound From Japan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Thousands Of U.S. Personnel Evacuated To Puget Sound From Japan

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Hundreds of military family members have arrived in Washington state after being voluntarily evacuated from Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown fears there.

Navy Region Northwest spokesman Sean Hughes says 233 family members, including 190 children, arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday after a 10-hour flight from
Yokota Air Base. They're the first of what is expected to be thousands of military personnel and their families arriving at Sea-Tac over the next week or so.

Hughes says USO workers are helping process the arrivals and assisting the family members in getting food, housing, transportation and loans if necessary.
      The next evacuation flight is expected to arrive Monday.

      
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