Chile quake-triggered tsunami waves reach Japan
Waves triggered by the massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile and dozens of aftershocks, have reached Japanese coasts, where authorities issued a tsunami advisory.
A wave of some 70 centimeters (28 inches) has been recorded in the port of Kuji, the same area hit by the 2011 disaster, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency. Smaller waves have been detected across the country.
Earlier on Friday, the agency issued a tsunami advisory, expecting waves to hit the Pacific side of Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
As a precautionary step several municipalities issued evacuation advisories. However, so far the waves have caused no injuries or damage.
A powerful 8.3 earthquake shook Chile on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami and strong aftershocks that rocked the country long after.
Over 1 million people were evacuated. At least 10 people were killed and 20 injured.
Wednesday’s earthquake was in the top 30 most powerful recorded earthquakes in world history, Chilean Interior Minister Jorge Burgos said at a press conference.