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[I&A] 【整理】2011-03-14 奥巴马针对日本地震的讲话

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Before I begin, I want to say a few words about the terrible earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier today. First and foremost, our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of Japan. This is potentially a catastrophic disaster and images of the destruction and flooding coming out of Japan are simply heartbreaking. Japan is, of course, one of our strongest and closest allies. And this morning I spoke with Prime Minister Kan, on behalf of the American people, I conveyed our deepest condolences, especially to the victims and their families and I offered our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed. We currently have an aircraft carrier in Japan, and another is on its way. And we also have a ship in route to the Mariana Islands to assist as needed. The Defense Department is working to account for all our military personnel in Japan. U.S. embassy personnel in Tokyo have moved to an outside location. And the State department is working to account for and assist any and all American citizens who are in the country.

Tsunami warnings have been issued across the Pacific and we've already seen the initial waves from the tsunami come ashore on Guam and other U.S. territories in Alaska and Hawaii as well as along the west coast. Here in the Unite States, there hasn't been any major damage so far, but we are taking this very seriously and we are monitoring the situation very closely. FEMA is fully activated and is coordinating with state and local officials to support these regions as necessary.

Let me just stress that if people are told to evacuate, do as you are told.

Today's events remind us of just how fragile life can be. Our hearts go out to our friends in Japan and across the region. And we're going to stand with them as they recover and rebuild from this tragedy.
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