Small tsunami waves hit Japan after Chile quake
Published on Apr 3, 2014 5:29 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early on Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40cm were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7.39 am local time about an hour after the first 20-cm wave was recorded there.
Waves of up to 30cm were also monitored in other areas of northern Japan, the agency said, adding that bigger waves could hit the coast later.
Earlier on Thursday, Japan issued a tsunami advisory, saying waves of up to one metre above normal sea levels could hit eastern Pacific coast regions, but were unlikely to cause damage.
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