More than 45 countries have offered to help Japan.
US President Barack Obama, who has spoken to Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan, said the tragedy was a reminder of just how fragile life can be.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of Japan,” Obama told a news conference.
“This is a potentially catastrophic disaster and the images of destruction and flooding coming out of Japan are simply heartbreaking. On behalf of the American people, I conveyed our deepest condolences, especially to the victims and their families, and I offered our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed.”
The American military effort includes at least six Navy ships including the USS Blue Ridge. Loaded up with humanitarian supplies in Singapore, it was Japan bound. And in the Western Pacific en route to South Korea, the USS Ronald Reagan is ready to respond to the aid effort if its help is needed.