12 Mar '11, 2am

Latin America braces for tsunami

MEXICO CITY: The tsunami from Japan's powerful earthquake swept across the Pacific Friday to threaten a wide area of Latin America, but caused no major problems in the first wave hitting Mexico and Central America, officials said. Nonetheless, Chile, Ecuador and Peru ordered evacuations of coastal areas and extra precautions were being taken in outlying islands expecting a tsunami hit from the monster 8.9-magnitude quake in Japan. Ecuador also halted oil shipments amid fears of rough seas. In Mexico, no casualties or damages were reported as waves up to 70 centimetres (2.2 feet) high arrived on coastal areas of Baja California. In Central America, the force of the tidal wave was "not as strong as expected," said Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Guatemala and Panama lifted their tsunami alerts and in El Salvador, the government said "the danger is past." Ecuador's Presid...

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