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Indonesia says it could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

Published on Apr 2, 2014 4:54 PM
 
A surfer carries his surfboard on Kuta beach in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 10, 2014. Indonesia warned Wednesday, April 2, 2014, that it could be hit by a small tsunami generated by an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's Pacific coast, and told residents to stay away from beaches. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia warned Wednesday that it could be hit by a small tsunami generated by an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's Pacific coast, and told residents to stay away from beaches.

Tsunami waves up to half a metre high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The quake struck late on Tuesday, sending tsunami waves of more than 2m crashing into Chile's northern coast. At least five people have been killed, panicked crowds have fled and some northern areas of the country have been declared a disaster zone.

Mr Nugroho said that the first tsunami waves could arrive at around 5am Thursday (3am Thursday Singapore time) in the eastern region of Papua, and that authorities in 19 provinces of Indonesia , which is thousands of kilometres away from where the quake struck, had been alerted.

 
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