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earthquake

Sweden ready to help Japan

Published fredag 11 mars 2011 kl 16.52
Tsunami waves break over the coast of northern Japan. Photo: Kyodo news/Scanpix.

Around 1,500 Swedes are in Japan, under threat from the effects of Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

The Swedish foreign ministry says that all Swedes in Japan should be following the news and ready to make contact with the local authorities.

There are about 400-500 Swedes in Tokyo, where about 4.4 million people are without electricity now.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency says it is ready to help the embassy in Tokyo, possibly by sending out extra staff to help with an evacuation, and emergency teams are also ready to respond to aid requests from the japanese government.

Swedish Radio News talked to Johanna, a holidaymaker, who had just entered a cafe when the ground began to shake - she says that at first the locals thought it was a minor quake but then the building was evacuated, and on the street they could see the skyscrapers waving almost a metre side to side.

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