Mayor pledges city's support
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has pledged the city's support in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Japan.
Cr Pisasale said Ipswich's thoughts and prayers were with their friends in Japan, particularly those in its sister city of Nerima.
He said the people of Nerima had come to the aid of Ipswich after the floods, sending money and offering their support.
Located about 10km west of Tokyo, there are reports of buildings in the city being damaged by the earthquake.
Cr Pisasale said the scenes of devastation in the aftermath were just horrific.
“Like everyone, I am in a state of shock watching the footage of what has happened over there,” Cr Pisasale said.
“We have had the floods, cyclone, the earthquake in Christchurch and now this.
“This is the worst year we have had of any year in terms of natural disasters. It makes you realise just how powerful Mother Nature can be.”
Cr Pisasale said he would be making contact with the Japanese consulate to see what the city could do to help.
The massive earthquake rocked northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, unleashing a 10-metre tsunami that tossed ships inland and left hundreds of people dead.