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Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake

Japan issued a tsunami alert early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake across the Pacific Ocean in Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a tsunami of up to 1.0 metre (three feet) may hit eastern Pacific coast regions. bur/mtp/jhb

Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake

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 (three feet) 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.

Little change in Hawaii surf despite tsunami advisory

By Kari Stanton KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hawaii residents were urged to stay clear of beaches and avoid swimming in the ocean as a precaution on Wednesday, though little change in the surf was measured in the island chain from an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile. A tsunami advisory issued for the state by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was expected to remain posted until 8 a.m. local time (2 p.m. ET), with most beaches around the islands closed until noon because of potentially dangerous currents.

Japan assesses tsunami threat after Chile quake

Japan's meteorological agency said it was assessing Wednesday whether to issue a tsunami advisory after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's Pacific coast, as authorities braced for waves potentially as high as one metre (3.3 feet). The quake struck late Tuesday, sending tsunami waves of more than two metres crashing into Chile's northern coast. The Japanese meteorological agency said tsunami waves could reach coastal zones of the Pacific country early Thursday, but that it was still assessing the danger.

Chileans return homes after huge quake kills 6

A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile's Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least six people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore. The quake sent panicked residents pouring into the streets, with more than 900,000 people along Chile's coast heeding government orders to evacuate their homes and seek higher ground. But by Wednesday morning thousands of people had begun returning home with the arrival of daylight to survey the destruction.

Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

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, telling residents to stay away from beaches. Tsunami waves up to half a metre (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Chile calls off tsunami alert after 8.2 magnitude quake

Chile on Wednesday called off a tsunami alert declared after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of the country. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo announced the decision by the national disaster agency ONEMI, and raised the death toll from the quake from five to six. rto/dw/hmn

Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

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 warned people to stay away from beaches. A tsunami up to half a metre (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. prm-sr/pj

Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

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 (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Chile orders evacuation as 8.2-magnitude quake kills 6

A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile's Pacific coast Tuesday, killing at least six people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore. The quake sent panicked residents pouring into the streets, with more than 900,000 people along Chile's coast heeding government orders to evacuate their homes and seek higher ground. Similar warnings were issued in a ripple effect up the Pacific coast of South America and into Central America.
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