President expresses concern over Japan earthquake

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President expresses concern over Japan earthquake

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to gain an immediate understanding about whether any Taiwanese have been affected by a powerful earthquake on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido that caused a landslide that engulfed houses Thursday, according to the Presidential Office.

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. Thursday, triggering a landslide that engulfed houses, injuring and trapping dozens of people and cutting power to millions across Hokkaido.

It came after Typhoon Jebi, the strongest to hit Japan in 25 years, swept through western Japan Tuesday, leaving 11 people dead and more than 600 injured.

Tsai instructed MOFA to gain an understanding about whether Taiwanese expatriates and travelers in Japan are safe and provide timely assistance if necessary, according to the Presidential Office.

Tsai also asked the ministry to convey her concern and condolences to Japan and expressed hope that the effects caused by the earthquake can be reduced to a minimum.

She also said she hopes people in areas affected by Typhoon Jebi can get back to normal life as soon as possible.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)

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