12 Mar '11, 3am

Latin America escapes Tsunami wrath: MEXICO CITY: The tsunami from Japan's powerful earthquake swept across the

Latin America escapes Tsunami wrath: MEXICO CITY: The tsunami from Japan's powerful earthquake swept across the

MEXICO CITY: The tsunami from Japan's powerful earthquake swept across the Pacific and caused a storm surge in the Galapagos islands but largely spared Latin America from major damage. A storm surge hit the island of San Cristobal in Ecuador's Galapagos Island chain some 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) west of the mainland, President Rafael Correa said. Correa said the surge may have affected some dwellings but "has not endangered human life." Elsewhere in the region, precautionary evacuations were under way but little impact was felt from the tsunami stemming from the devastating 8.9-magnitude quake that hit Friday in Japan. Chile, Ecuador and Peru ordered evacuations of coastal areas and Ecuador also halted oil shipments amid fears of rough seas. Peruvian officials said the first wave of around 40 centimetres (15 inches) hit around 0050 GMT Saturday, after some coastal area...

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