First waves of quake-triggered tsunami hits Japan

14:21, February 28, 2010      

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The first wave of the tsunami triggered by the powerful earthquake in Chile hit Japan's outlying islands at around 12:48 a.m. local time, (0348 GMT) Sunday, but the initial waves were just 10 cm high.

The waves first hit Ogasawara islands off Japan's main island. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) predicted it will soon reach other parts of the Pacific coastline of the country.

Local governments had urged thousands of households in northeast Japan to evacuate, where the waves are expected to be more than 3 meters high. Transportation on many lines of the railway system has also been suspended due to the tsunami.

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