TOKYO (AP) â€” 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”