x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

UAE embassy in Tokyo evacuated after quake

Emirati nationals living and visiting Japan and students studying in the country have been contacted

ABU DHABI // The UAE's embassy in Tokyo has been evacuated in the wake of an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the island nation on Friday, an Emirati official said.

All of the embassy's employees were accounted for and were safe, said Lt Col Mohammed al Ansari, head of the UAE's urban search and rescue team, a group that works closely with the United Nations. Emirati nationals living and visiting Japan and students studying in the country have been contacted.

"We will continue to be in contact with the embassy on the well-being of our people," Lt Col al Ansari said. "Most of the UAE people are OK."

A search and rescue team has been organised and is available "when we are clearly needed on the Japanese side", Lt Col al Ansari said. The team is also in communication with the UN, as more than a dozen other nations, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico and Costa Roca, face tsunami warnings.

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