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Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake

Published on Apr 3, 2014 3:24 AM
File photo of a police officer searching for missing people in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami along the coast side. The Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can be seen in the background. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan issued a tsunami alert early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake across the Pacific Ocean in Chile but said it was not likely to cause damage.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said a tsunami of up to one metre above normal sea levels may hit eastern Pacific coast regions.

The first waves are forecast to hit northern Hokkaido at around 5:00 am (2000 GMT Wednesday) and an hour later in Fukushima prefecture, which was devastated by the 2011 tsunami, Kyodo News agency reported.

The meteorological agency warned people to leave the coast immediately but said it did not expect damage from the waves.

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