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Jessica Colby, left, and her sister, Allison, are shown earlier this month in Japan. Jessica and her family in Velva, N.D., have not heard from Allison since a tsunami hit Friday near Sendai, Japan, where she was living. Special to The Forum

UPDATED: North Dakota native Allison Colby alive and well in Japan

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Jessica Colby and her family in Velva, N.D., got the news they had waited for since an earthquake hit Japan Friday: Jessica's younger sister, Allison, is alive and well.

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Allison Colby, a 23-year-old living in Kamimachi, Japan, where she taught English, escaped unharmed by both the earthquake and a tsunami that devastated Sendai - a city of about 1 million just to her south.

"She was all right," Jessica said this morning. "She just sounded exhausted."

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