Governor: Calif. ready to help Japan quake victims

AP News
Posted: Mar 11, 2011 3:26 PM
Governor: Calif. ready to help Japan quake victims

Gov. Jerry Brown is offering his condolences to the victims of a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and says California stands ready to help.

The Democratic governor said in a statement Friday that "our thoughts are with the people of Japan as they endure this tragedy." He directed California's Emergency Management Agency to make state resources available to the Japanese government.

The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan was the fifth largest quake worldwide since 1900.

Tsunami warnings were issued early Friday for California's coastal areas, and giant waves damaged property as they washed ashore in Crescent City and Santa Cruz.

Brown urged Californians in affected areas "to follow all instructions from state and federal response agencies."