Blatter expresses sympathy to Japan
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has sent a message of sympathy to Japan following the massive earthquake which hit the country earlier today.

The quake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, unleashed a huge tsunami that crashed into Japan's eastern coastline, sweeping boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

The FIFA President sent a message to Junji Ogura, a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and President of the Japanese FA which read: "I have been following with sadness the news of the terrible tragedy in your country and I would like to express my deep sympathy to the people of Japan.

On behalf of FIFA, I wish to extend our moral support and to let you know that our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their families.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

The quake struck at 2.46pm local time and was followed by 12 powerful aftershocks, seven of them at least 6.3 on the Richter scale, the size of the quake which struck New Zealand on 22 February.

It struck at a depth of six miles (10km), about 80 miles (125km) off the eastern coast, Japan's meteorological agency said. The area is 240 miles (380km) north east of Tokyo.

"On behalf of FIFA, I wish to extend our moral support and to let you know that our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their families", added the FIFA President.