HUNTINGTON - Some Long Islanders with family ties to Japan are anxiously awaiting word from their loved ones in Japan following a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and violent tsunami.

Ayano Yamada, of Huntington, says she has been trying to call her home country, but that the phone lines are dead. She says that her brother-in-law and his family live near the earthquake's epicenter in Miyagi prefecture and fears they were caught in the middle of the tsunami's waters.

Island Park resident Diana Fandino is in Tokyo and says she was teaching a pre-school dance class when the quake hit. Fandino spoke to News 12 via Skype and said after-shocks are continuing to rattle the city.

LI Continuing Coverage: Japan quake and aftereffects