Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwan is ready to assist Japan with search and rescue efforts after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Hokkaido causing landslides that engulfed houses early Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI).
As of press time, a 40-strong special search and rescue team equipped with the latest life detection equipment and two trained canines are on standby, ready to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and be sent to Japan, the MOI said.
Meanwhile, the National Fire Agency and various local fire departments have also been instructed to be prepared to be sent to disaster hit areas at a moment's notice, the MOI added.
According to an online report by The Japan Times, the magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. Thursday, triggering landslides that engulfed houses, injuring hundreds of people and cutting power to millions across Hokkaido, northern Japan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel