BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A local auto dealer with extensive contacts in Japan said Friday’s historic earthquake could be “devastating” to the auto industry there.

Japanese automakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda halted production at some assembly plants in areas hit by the quake.

Ernie Boch, Jr. told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 he’s trying to contact people over there to try to get a sense of the extent of damage.

“The earthquake was about 250 miles northeast of Tokyo. The Subuaru factory, the Gunma plant, is about a hundred miles northwest of Tokyo,” Boch said.

“There is a port by Gunma, which is north of Tokyo and we heard that it did get flooded. We don’t know where those cars were headed.”

Boch talks to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens

Boch said it’s too early to know how much it will hurt supply.

“It’s so new, it’s hard to get information.”

Boch visits Japan at least once a year and has been there for two earthquakes.

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Comments (3)
  1. Thomas Hood says:

    We can only hope…

  2. DStein says:

    Fewer Japanese cars to buy here is a good thing.

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