MURFREESBORO, Tenn (NELSON) --  Student volunteers from Middle Tennessee State University are headed to Japan to help with the nation’s ongoing disaster recovery.

Ten students and two professors from MTSU left the Mid-State Monday morning to participate in a restoration mission in Fukushima, Japan.

According to a press statement from Middle Tennessee State, 95 percent of the rubble remains to be cleared away following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that killed nearly 16,000 people.  

photo courtesy Hope Force Int.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Middle Tennessee Chaplain who specializes in disaster assistance is thinking this week about the tornado survivors he met one year ago in Joplin, Missouri.

An EF5 tornado swept through Joplin May 22, 2011. The storm killed 161 people and wiped out entire neighborhoods, along with a hospital and ten public schools.