US President Barack Obama said that the hearts of the US people "go out to our friends in Japan and across the region," saying that the US will help them rebuild, in a press conference Friday.
Obama told reporters that the US has an aircraft carrier already in the area and that another was on its way. The US navy carriers have the capability to provide both electricity and clean drinking water.
The US president, addressing his own country, added that waves have come ashore in US territories and states of Guam, Alaska and Hawaii and were expected along the US mainland's west coast. The US Federal Disaster Management (FEMA) agency has been fully activated he said, and that while it looks as if the US will be spared any major damage, the government is preparing for large waves.