12 Mar '11, 4am

Tsunami spares Pacific island nations

WELLINGTON: A tsunami triggered by the powerful earthquake in Japan ploughed across the South Pacific Saturday but no serious damage was reported and it was treated more as a curiosity than a danger. Dozens of low-lying island nations were placed on alert after a monster 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami smashed into Japan following the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake centered near the northeastern city of Sendai. The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is expected to be more than 1,000 in Japan, but the wave appeared to have little power when it hit the South Pacific and there were no reports of lives lost. In the Marquesas islands sirens blared, warning residents to flee to higher ground. Although waves up to three metres (10 feet) were forecast they were less than a metre when they arrived, but still flooded some houses. In New Zealand, civil defence officials warn...

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