Inhofe, Menendez Offer Condolences, Prayers for Taiwan

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today issued the following statements in response to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Taiwan as we mourn for those whose lives have been lost and offer our support to their families and all the people of Taiwan,” said Inhofe. “The ties between our two countries are strong and deep.  We will stand together to overcome this tragedy so that Taiwan can emerge stronger.   I will work with both the U.S. Departments of State and Defense to help provide Taiwan whatever assistance they may need to save lives and help the country and its people rebuild.”

"My heart and prayers are with the people of Taiwan, and especially those who have lost or are searching for  loved ones in this tragic earthquake,” said Menendez.  “The friendship between Taiwan and the United States is deep and genuine, and the American people will do all we can to help Taiwan in the face of this disaster.”

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan today, killing at least a dozen people, and hundreds injured and missing. The earthquake struck around 4 a.m., 22 miles southeast of Yujing, two days before the start of Lunar New Year celebration.

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