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USFK sends U-2 spy plane to Japan's quake-hit areas

All Headlines 10:05 March 16, 2011

SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. military in South Korea dispatched a U-2 spy plane to Japan to help determine the extent of damage from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami, a report said Wednesday.

The reconnaissance aircraft from a base in Osan, south of Seoul, was flying over Japan and taking high-resolution images of its land mass and littorals, the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes said.

The images were sent to the U.S. and Japan via the Korean Combat Operations Intelligence Center in Seoul, according to military officials here.

On Tuesday, Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, ordered his troops to limit their Internet usage on government-owned computers in order to conserve bandwidth capability to support the U.S. military's relief efforts in Japan.

Some 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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