Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and wave surge that struck Japan Friday:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan who have been impacted by today’s devastating earthquake and subsequent massive tsunami.

As Pacific Northwesterners, we understand the dangers of seismic activity, and our hearts go out to Japan’s residents and the many American families living and working there.

We are thankful that the resulting waves hitting Hawaii and the Washington coast have resulted in minimal damage.

The Department of State is offering help for U.S. citizens in Japan. Click here for more information.