Tsunami waves kill one in Indonesia: Official

A man in Indonesian eastern Papua province was killed by tsunami waves from Japan`s massive earthquake, an official said.

Updated: Mar 13, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

Jakarta: A man in Indonesian eastern
Papua province was killed by tsunami waves from Japan`s
massive earthquake, an official said on Sunday.

The 25-year-old man drowned after he was swept away by
the waves late Friday in a coastal village near the provincial
capital Jayapura, local search and rescue agency chief Suyatno
said, confirming local media reports.

"He was riding a motorcycle and was on his way to warn
his family about the tsunami. But the waves carried him away
and he drowned," he said.

"His body was found about an hour later near the
beach."

The 8.9-magnitude quake in Japan triggered a tsunami
of "less than a metre" high in Jayapura, the country`s
Meteorology and Geophysics Agency technical chief Suharjono
said today.

A smaller tsunami of only 10 centimetres hit
Indonesia`s North Sulawesi and North Maluku islands, he added.

"On whether the man was killed by the waves, we`ll
have to conduct further investigation on what actually
happened," he said.

However, Suyatno said that waters had swept 300 metres
inland in Jayapura causing "minor damage" to several houses
and a bridge.

PTI