Prince William offers sympathy for Japan's 'horror'
Prince William offered condolences to Japan on Friday for the "horror" engulfing the nation, as he paid tribute to victims of last month's Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand.
The Prince told a crowd of more than 30,000 at a national memorial for quake victims in Christchurch that the world had watched the city's resolute response to the disaster that killed an estimated 182 people with awe and admiration.
He said the ordeal endured by residents of New Zealand's second largest city gave them a unique insight into the situation facing Japan as it deals with quake and tsunami devastation, as well as the threat of a nuclear catastrophe.
"This community, more than any other in the world, can appreciate the full horror of what is unfolding in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them too," the Prince told the memorial service.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also used the memorial to extend sympathies to Japan.
"Even today as we mourn here, we think of Japan's desperate plight," he said.
"For the people of Christchurch, who have lived through two large earthquakes and many thousands of aftershocks, these images from Japan bring flooding back the raw emotional pain that accompanies such a devastating event."
© 2011 AFP