Small Tsunami waves hit Japan after Earthquake
Japan lifted its tsunami warning on Friday after advising residents to stay away from the sea as about a dozen small waves reached its coast after a powerful earthquake off Chile. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said it was safe to return to the water at 04:40 pm (0740 GMT).
The agency had warned of waves up to one metre (3.3 feet) high after a huge earthquake that killed at least 11 people hit Chile and ravaged long stretches of the coast on Wednesday. A tsunami surge of 80 centimetres (32 inches) was recorded off the northeast coastal city of Kuji earlier in the day, but still more than 24 hours after the 8.3-magnitude tremor.
The Chilean quake was the sixth most powerful in the history of the geologically volatile country and the strongest anywhere in the world this year, officials said.Meteorological agency official Yohei Hasegawa warned in a hastily arranged press conference in the morning that residents should “stay away from working in the water or playing in the sea”.
“At this level of tsunami we don’t have to worry that the land will be inundated, but underwater currents could be very strong and you may be washed away,” he said.Public address systems all along the coast had broadcast warnings, while emergency vehicles patrolled with their sirens blaring, telling people to keep away from the shore.“We have not received any reports of damage to buildings or injuries in connection with the tsunami,” said Daiki Numabukuro, a Kuji city official.“