Japan Earthquake Felt In Florida

Updated: March 12, 2011, 8:39 AM ET
By James Hall | Bassmaster.com

TAVARES, Fla. -- News of the devastating earthquake in Japan hit the shores of Florida's Harris Chain of lakes with emotional force.

Past Classic champ Takahiro Omori and Elite contenders Kotaro Kiriyama and Yusuke Miyazaki all have immediate family in Tokyo, very near where the 8.9-level quake and ensuing tsunami rocked the Asian island country. Elite Series angler Morizo Shimizu also has family in Japan, although they are in Osaka, well west of the tragedy's ground zero.

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