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Japan Quake Alerts Iceland Crisis Response Unit

Because of the massive earthquake of the magnitude 8.9 on the Richter scale, which hit off Japan’s coast earlier today, the Icelandic International Crisis Response Unit was placed under a so-called monitoring stage at 8:05 am local time this morning.

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The Icelandic Crisis Response Unit. Courtesy of ICE-SAR.

The stage involves the unit’s leaders monitoring the situation closely and to be on the alert in case Japanese authorities request assistance from the international community, a press release from ICE-SAR states.

Worldwide, 48 international crisis response units are at this stage but, when this was written at 9:30 am, no unit had been moved up to the next stage of stand-by.

If the Icelandic Crisis Response Unit is called out to assist with search and rescue in Japan it takes approximately four hours to prepare and it is expected that the flight will take 15 hours.

Click here to read about the unit’s efforts in Haiti last year.

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