Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas on Friday sent a message to his Japanese counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto, expressing the Greek people's sympathy and support for the Japanese following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier the same day.

A foreign ministry announcement said that the Greek Embassy in Tokyo was currently trying to collect information about the fate of Greek citizens living in Japan, while there were no reports that Greeks were among the victims.

Noting the damage to Japan's telecommunications networks and the large volume of traffic they were now having to cope with, the Greek foreign ministry advised those seeking information about friends and loved ones in Japan to contact the ministry's central service at the phone numbers: +30210 368 1730; +30210 368 1259.

Greek rescuers on stand-by after Japanese quake, tsunami

The Hellenic Rescue Team is poised to send a team to Japan or any other country hit by the tsunami that ensued after a powerful undersea earthquake that hit the region early Friday, HRT members told ANA-MPA.

The HRT, via the UN's international network of rescue teams, of which it is a member, is being kept up to date on the situation through the official international communication channels and has mobilised its rescue and medical units, which are on stand-by to leave immediately if assistance is requested.

HRT member Alexandros Liamos said that team members and equipment are fully prepared, adding that the HRT was at this time collecting information and on stand-by because there was no clear picture yet of the precise conditions prevailing and the areas affected.