Saturday, March 12, 2011
Tsunami 2011 - We are with you
"The world is shocked and saddened by the images coming out of Japan this morning.... We will do anything and everything we can at this very difficult time."
-UN SECRETARYGENERAL BAN KI-MOON
The United Nations said 30 international search and rescue teams were on alert to go to Japan to provide assistance.
"The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial.... The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy."
-U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
The U.S. Defense Department was preparing American forces in the Pacific to provide relief. The U.S. was also sending nearly 150 rescue workers, including a team from Los Angeles that just returned from searching the rubble of New Zealand.
"We've had a terrible reminder of the destructive power of nature, and everyone should be thinking of that country and their people, and I've asked immediately that our government should look at what we can do to help."
-BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAV I D CAMERON
British rapid deployment teams were ready to travel immediately to the areas of most need.
"I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake which has struck northeast Japan today. Prince Philip joins me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to your majesty and the people of Japan. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the dreadful disaster."
In a royal message to Japan's Emperor Akihito.
"France stands ready to respond to any requests from Japan for help in the face of this tragedy."
-FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY
"This is likely to be a humanitarian relief operation of epic proportions."
Japan expert at the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations