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Teacher from Jupiter Stuck in Japan

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) Imagine being stuck in Japan and not knowing when you'll be allowed to leave.

That's what some people like Jan Jensen are facing; however, Jan is not a Japanese citizen. She's an American working for the U.S. government in Japan.

The U.S. government is evacuating all non-essential employees and military families, but Jan Jensen said, right now, that doesn't include teachers like her.

"We're exhausted and frazzled," she said. 

Jan Jensen and her husband John have travelled the globe. For 29 years, Jan has taught school at U.S. military bases around the world, but she has never encountered anything like this.

"We are experiencing continuous earthquakes," she said, "about every five to six hours. From a 5.7 - between 5 and 6 - major ones and then tremors almost all the time."

The Jensens live on the Yokosuka Navy Base, about 48 miles south of Tokyo and within 200 kilometers of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  Thursday, Jan said she was told at school they would be leaving.

"We were told to go home, pack one suitcase and that within ten hours they were going to start evacuating everyone," she explained.

Now, she said, they've been told to stay for now.

"We are contributing as far as blankets and food to the Red Cross to deliver north," she said, "but there's nothing we can do. We're exhausted. We're scared and there's nothing we can do. We need to be out of here."

Jan said she is not a soldier. She's frightened and she wants to get out of Japan. She believes the government will allow her and other teachers to leave. Some local representatives, including former Congressman Mark  Foley, are trying to help. We'll keep you updated on this developing story.

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