Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the earthquake in Japan and tsunami affecting the Pacific region:
“Our thoughts are with the people of Japan in the wake of today’s devastating earthquake and tsuanmi. Though the full extent of the damage is not yet clear, we do know that Japan has suffered widespread loss of life and destruction of property—and those who have suffered from this horrific natural disaster should know that they have the world’s sympathy, and that we continue to hold them in our prayers. As President Obama made clear, the United States stands ready to assist Japan as it begins its recovery efforts.
“As a result of the earthquake, tsunami warnings have been issued for nations across the Pacific, including island and coastal areas of the United States. I hope that all those in the affected areas will take the appropriate precautions, as recommended by the local authorities.”