U.S. Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement following the earthquake which struck Japan overnight and the ensuing tsunami warnings which are affecting Pacific Rim nations, including the U.S. west coast:
The statement follows:
"The images coming out of Japan today are simply horrifying. The loss of life and the damage caused by this natural disaster is nothing short of tragic. My heartfelt sympathies are extended to the Japanese people and to all the families touched by this event.
"I strongly encourage my constituents in Los Angeles and all Californians to take every precaution for their safety and follow the guidance offered by our emergency personnel members and first responders. Let us all be safe and vigilant in the hours and days ahead."