The Government of Israel has offered aid to the Japanese government after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on March 10th, followed by tsunamis across the Pacific Ocean.

Widespread death and destruction was caused by the earthquake and tsunamis. According to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the “enormously powerful” earthquake caused “tremendous damage over a wide area.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman immediately directed Israel’s ambassador in Tokyo, Nissim Ben- Sheetrit, to offer any aid to the Japanese government that it may need in dealing with the tragedy.

In addition, Ben-Sheetrit said that the embassy was trying to make contact with Israelis known to be in the country and who remain unaccounted for.