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Man from Springfield living in Japan plans to fly family to safety in the Ozarks

Bachi McCrudy grew up in Springfield and has lived in Japan for the last 14 years

March 16, 2011|Marie Saavedra, KY3 News | msaavedra@ky3.com

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Two hundred fifty miles south of Sendai, and almost an hour south of Tokyo, is the city of Yokohama, where Springfield native Bachi McCrudy lives and works.

"I'm personal management for athletes and artists," he said in an interview by Skype on Wednesday.  "When American baseball players come over here to play baseball in Japan, I make sure they're taken care of."

He was on his way to pick up clients from the airport when the earthquake hit.

"I was going up the escalator and I thought it was a messed-up escalator.  It started moving and shaking.  I think a few buildings got damaged, not a lot of people got hurt, it was just a big shake."

Miles away from the worst of the quake, the early concern was for friends up north.  Now worry over radiation has gripped the nation.

"We don't really know how much is in the air, and we don't know how serious it is because they don't want us to know.  The Japanese news says, 'Don't worry about it, it's just precautionary,' then CNN will bring a specialist to come on air to talk about how dangerous it really is."

So McCurdy is making tough decisions, and plans to fly his wife and 1-and-a-half-year-old daughter back to Springfield early next week.

"Probably Monday," he said.  "I'd like to send them sooner because I think, with this reactor within the next day or two, we're going to know what's going to happen."

For now he's staying -- as long as it's safe.

"We're a good enough distance away, I'm taking my chances, but if the players get the release to leave, then I'll probably leave as well."

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