Earlier this morning (European time) there was a major earthquake just off the north-eastern coast of Japan that measured 8.9 on the Richter Scale.

This was followed by a Tsunami that caused significant damage to the north of the country, and aftershocks some of them as strong as 7.

Mazda’s headquarters and assembly plants in Hiroshima are located about 1,000 km south and west of the affected area and, although the quake was felt there, no damage has been reported. Fortunately for Mazda, nobody was injured and as no work-stoppage is necessary the next shift will proceed as planned.

“Although we speculate there will be some damage to dealerships north of Tokyo,” said Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe, “Mazda facilities and people, so far as we know at this moment, are safe. Our thoughts go out to everyone in the affected areas and we hope that help comes quickly and the damage is limited.”