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Centuries-old Sion Pine Tree felled by Typhoon Kompasu

Date Posted: 2010-09-03

Nago City residents awoke the morning after Typhoon Kompasu crossed Okinawa, leaving a path of damage and homes without electricity to discover that a centuries-old tree had been toppled by the stormís winds.

The 17-meter-tall Sion Pine Tree was planted more than 300 years ago by the Ryukyu government to protect the town from winds and salt breeze. The trees were once plentiful, but now thereís only one tree left. Nago officials say the Sion Pine tree used to be the symbol of the northern Okinawa region.

Okinawa Electric Company says more than 5,300 homes remain without power, but hasnít projected a completion time for restoring power to all. More than 10,000 households in eight northern Okinawa villages, towns and cities were without power for more than 24 hours, while another 1,500 households saw their water supplies cut off.

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