Walk for Japan benefits Federal Way sister city of Hachinohe

A fundraising walk to benefit education and animal shelters in Hachinohe, Japan, will take place at 10 a.m. June 25 at the BPA Trail in Federal Way.

The walk will start at Celebration Park and end at the King County Aquatic Center. Everyone is welcome, including pets on leashes. Water will be provided. T-shirts and raffle tickets will be for sale. Entrance fee is $3 for students and $7 for adults. To learn more, call (253) 517-8289.

Federal Way's sister city of Hachinohe, Japan, is dealing with the aftermath of one of the strongest earthquakes in recent history.

A tsunami was triggered March 11 by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck off the northeast coast of Japan. The resulting tsunami has killed hundreds of people, although a total number is unknown at this time. Online footage shows boats and tankers washing ashore in Hachinohe, which is located about 400 miles northeast of Tokyo and faces the Pacific Ocean.

The earthquake is considered one of the five strongest of the past century.

Federal Way and Hachinohe have been sister cities since February 1993. An eight-person delegation from Hachinohe toured Federal Way in November 2010. Delegates from the cities alternate visitations to each country annually.


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