Australia offers help
ACTING Prime Minister Wayne Swan says Australia stands ready to help Japan. Mr Swan said the government was monitoring the situation carefully and offered all help to Japan. ‘‘ It was a truly horrific disaster and the thoughts and prayers of all Australians were with the Japanese people,’’ he said. ‘‘ It is still too early to know the full extent of the damage but it is clear that this is a significant disaster,’’ Mr Swan said in a statement. ‘‘ Australia stands ready to assist Japan in any way at this difficult time.’’ Embassy workers in Japan are working frantically to determine if any Australians have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster.