Three female Winona State University students currently studying abroad in Japan have been reported safe.
E-mail communications this morning from Toyo University in Tokyo and Akita International University in northwestern Japan indicate all exchange students at both universities are safe, and university facilities were not damaged by the earthquakes or tsunami.
The messages also indicated electricity, gas and internet services remain intact in Tokyo, but public transportation is stopped and mobile communication is difficult due to congestion in the network. In Akita, phone, electricity, water and internet have been cut off.
The WSU students have been studying in Japan since fall 2010. The two students at Toyo University had plans to stay through the end of the semester. At this time, there are no plans to adjust their schedule.