Japan has suffered a massive earthquake and parts of the country have been engulfed by a tsunami. As I watch the shocking images of destruction, my thoughts are with the people of Japan. I pray that families will be safe and that human cost will be minimal.
My thoughts are also with the rescue workers. Whenever a disaster strikes, these brave men and women are prepared to risk their lives to save the lives of others.
My services are on the alert, as the risk of tsunami remains high; the European Union stands ready to assist Japan.