Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:35

The entire world shook on March 12th when an earthquake sparked a tsunami that devastated the country of Japan.

Still today, there are concerns involving the nuclear plant in Fukushima. Rickie Martin of Glasgow is an employee for General Electric, and was in Japan when tragedy struck the country. He returned to Glasgow last week and was nice enough to share his experience with WCLU’s Wes Royse. This story was brought to our attention by Jobe Publishing Editor and long-time friend of Martin, Ernie Wagoner.


Rickie Martin was in the town of Tomioka, Japan when the earthquake hit. Tomioka is about 15 miles from Fukushima where he had been working at Fukushima Unit 4, a nuclear plant. Martin could not comment on anything related to the plant, but said his employment with GE was in Quality Control. He has spent time in Japan off and on for the last 13 years.


In part 1 of this two-part story, Martin tells us about his experience and making it back home.

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WCLU News also asked him to comment on the people there and their mentality as the turmoil unfolded.

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Now, having been there for almost 13 years for work, Martin had made a lot of friends. He tells WCLU that, although getting back to the states was inevitable, he had mixed emotions about leaving behind friends and a country that was so hospitable to him.

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Martin’s wife, Tina, tells WCLU what it was like getting him home and also how cooperative General Electric was during the chaotic process of getting her husband home.

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Tune in to WCLU Local News tomorrow for Part 2 of our interview with Rickie Martin for more details on the Earthquake, Tsunami, and the people of Japan.



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