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Taiwanese safe after Osaka earthquake: MOFA

2018/06/18 13:17:21

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Taiwanese nationals in the Japanese city of Osaka and the surrounding area are reportedly safe after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the city in Western Japan on Monday morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.

Citing initial information provided by Taiwan's representative office in Osaka, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said there are no reports of Taiwanese expatriates, students or travelers, being injured or killed during the earthquake that reportedly killed at least three people while injuring dozens.

"We are doing our best to gain a better understanding of the latest updates in the aftermath of the quake and will offer Taiwanese nationals help should they need it," Lee said.

Meanwhile, Lee said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has asked the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association to express concern and condolences to its Japanese counterpart, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, in the aftermath of the temblor.

The two associations are semi-official organizations which handle bilateral affairs in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Foreign media reports quoted Japanese disaster authorities as saying on Monday morning that at least three people were killed and 41 injured during the earthquake.

(By Joseph Yeh)