Yuki Tsunoda shares heartfelt message after tragedy hits Japan in series of earthquakes

AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda has shared a heartfelt message on social media to express his “deepest sympathies” to everyone who felt the wrath of a series of large earthquakes in Japan on New Year’s Day.

The earthquakes were severe in nature, with the largest one reaching 7.6 on the Richter scale. It prompted a major tsunami warning from the Japan Meteorological Agency. This was the first such warning since the natural disaster in 2011. However, the warnings were soon downgraded.

Yuki Tsunoda. Credit: sportsillustrated.com
Yuki Tsunoda. Credit: sportsillustrated.com

This doesn’t mean that the impact of the earthquake did not cause havoc. As of now, local authorities in Ishikawa Prefecture have confirmed 30 deaths with thousands of others still unknown.

Houses have collapsed and those that stand are void of electricity.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has already been quoted as saying that the nation faces a “battle against time” to find further survivors.

Tsunoda is well aware of the “anxiety” such an event can cause to his nation and expressed himself on social media.

“To everyone in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture and other areas where there was an earthquake, I am very surprised that it happened so suddenly on New Year’s Day,” Tsunoda wrote on social media.

“I have seen many news reports and I can only pray that the damage will not get worse and that you will be safe.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to all those affected.

“There is a lot of anxiety in the situation, as you never know what might happen at any moment. Please stay safe.

“We sincerely hope for your safety and the earliest possible recovery of the affected areas.”

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