11 Mar '11, 11am

No tsunami damage in Taiwan as N. Zealand issues warning

No tsunami damage in Taiwan as N. Zealand issues warning

TAIPEI: A devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan Friday triggered tsunami alerts across the Pacific from the coast of California to Indonesia, though no damages have been reported. In Taiwan, authorities said minor tsunamis reached the island's east and northeast coasts but they measured only around 10 centimetres (four inches) high, causing no damage. The alert was later lifted as no more tsuanmis were expected. The warnings stretched from Asia's Pacific rim to other side of the ocean with the United States alerting Hawaii, the northern and central California coast, the Oregon coast, and parts of Alaska, and urging residents to clear beaches and stay out of marinas. Sirens sounded in Hawaii at 9:59 pm (0759 GMT Friday) and were to go off every hour on the hour. The first waves were expected to hit the Pacific island state around 2:55 am (1255 GMT) and the Wes...

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