04/03/2014, 00.00
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Small tidal wave from Chilean earthquake reaches Japan

The quake that devastated the South American country has caused tidal waves that have reached the Land of the Rising Sun, still on alert for possible sea surges. Even Indonesia and Papua are closely following after effects.

Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The earthquake that struck Chile yesterday has caused a small tsunami in northern Japan, where tidal waves were registered this morning. The area is the same one hit in 2011 by a disastrous tsunami that claimed more than 18 thousand lives and provoked a nuclear accident in Fukushima. The authorities have issued a warning, claiming that waves more than 1 meter over the norm could hit the coastal areas. So far, they have not exceeded 20 cm .

The quake - a magnitude 8.2 - caused a tsunami yesterday on the coasts of Chile, the highest waves , measuring over 2 meters, hit Iquique (about 1,800 kilometers north of Santiago). 6 are confirmed dead , while the government reports that more than 900 thousand people have been evacuated along the 3 thousand kilometers of coastline during the tsunami alert, which was later recalled.

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have also been closely monitoring the situation overnight for a possible tsunami.


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