Tsunami waves hit Japan after Chile quake

Last Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:18

Tokyo: A tsunami of up to 40 cm was observed early Thursday at a port of Iwate prefecture, which lies on the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan, after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake in Chile, local media reported.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami alert for Pacific coastal areas of Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, some parts of the Kanto region and the Izu and Ogasawara islands, Xinhua reported.

Iwate`s Kuji port also observed a tidal wave of about 20cm at 6:52 a.m. local time, bigger tsunamis were monitored later, Japan`s Kyodo News reported.

A major 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile late Tuesday, triggering small landslides, cutting power and generating a tsunami. It left six people dead, Chile officials said.

IANS


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