Small waves reach Japan after Chile quake, no injuries

Small waves reach Japan after Chile quake, no injuries

TOKYO (AP) — Small waves have reached Japanese coast one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit Chile.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said a wave of 70 centimeters (28 inches) was seen Friday in the port of Kuji in the Iwate prefecture, the area hit by the March 2011 disaster.

The agency issued a tsunami advisory earlier Friday for the Japanese coast on the Pacific side, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.

p>Agency official Yohei Hasegawa said the waves reached northern Japan first & were moving toward the southwest. He said the agency expects the swelling of the waves would continue for a while & could go as high as 1 meter (40 inches), & urged residents to stay away from the coast.

Smaller waves have been detected across the country. One up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) was recorded in Erimo on Hokkaido & another of up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) in Fukushima.

No injury or damages have been reported from the waves, yet some coastal towns have issued evacuation advisories as a precautionary step.

The northern Japanese coasts, especially those in Iwate, have been affected by tsunami induced by earthquakes near Chile in the past. In 1960, a tsunami exceeding 5 meters (16 feet) hit the area, leaving 139 people dead.

Source: “Associated Press”