11 March 2011

Australian Embassy seeking Australians caught in Japan quake

Australian officials in Japan have been working hard to find out if there were any Australian victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country yesterday.

Australian Embassy

The Australian Embassy in Japan is searching for information on Australians who may be affected by the earthquake.

A 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan, creating a 10-metre high tsunami that did extensive massive damage.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian Embassy in Japan is now in contact with local authorities to determine whether any Australians have been affected.

Several Australian MPs were in the Tokyo region when the quake struck.  Federal Liberal MP Stuart Robert tweeted he was stuck on a bullet train outside Tokyo with other MPs, Michaela Cash, Stephen Jones and Amanda Rishworth.

Australians in affected areas should follow the instructions of local authorities, and those who require consular assistance should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on +61 2 6261 3305.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia Visa application with the Australia Immigration Department. 

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