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First tsunami waves reach Chile coast following quake

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The first tsunami waves have reached Chile's coastline following a magnitude 7.6 earthquake, the country's navy said on Thursday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami wave activity on Chile coast reached a height of 2.4 feet (0.7 meter). The tsunami warning for Chile and Peru has now been canceled. The latest quake is the largest of a series of aftershocks following the powerful and deadly 8.2 magnitude quake that hit on Tuesday.

Powerful 7.8 earthquake rocks northern Chile

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 rocked northern Chile late Wednesday, just a day after a deadly 8.2 jolt in the same region, authorities said. Sirens rang as a tsunami warning was issued and thousands of people in the north who had just endured the latest quake were again ordered to evacuate inland from coastal areas, according to authorities. Peru to the north also declared another tsunami warning, according to its Navy. The new temblor struck at 2343 (0143 GMT Thursday), 20 km (14 miles) south of the city of Iquique, the navy's alert service said.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early 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 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake

Japan issued a tsunami alert early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile, but said it was not likely to cause damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency's "tsunami advisory" -- the lowest in its three-level alert system -- said a tsunami of up to one metre (three feet) above normal sea levels may hit eastern Pacific coast regions. Sea levels have yet to change as of 6:30 am (2130 GMT Wednesday), more than an hour after the first waves were initially forecast to hit northern Hokkaido.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile, officials said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 20 centimetres (eight inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 6:52 am (2152 GMT Wednesday). Minor tsunamis were also monitored in several other areas of northern Japan, the agency said, adding that higher waves may hit Japan later.

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.
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