Minor tsunami waves hit Japan after Chile quakeUpdated: 2014-04-03 10:31:29 (KST)
Small tsunami waves washed up on the northern part of Japan Thursday morning,
following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile late Tuesday evening, local time.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency said small waves were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, while minor tsunamis are also being monitored in several other regions in Japan, with the possibility for higher waves later.
The Japanese government issued a tsunami advisory early Thursday, saying there was a possibility that waves of up to one-meter above normal sea-level may hit the eastern Pacific coast, but it was unlikely to cause any damage.
Aftershocks continue to hit the region around the epicenter of Tuesday's quake.
A magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit off the coast of Panama, near the Costa Rican border Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Although no damage was reported, officials said some schools and hospitals were evacuated as a precaution.
Chile got off quite lightly considering the strength of the quake and the subsequent two-meter tsunami waves did not do much damage.
Local authorities reported a total of six people died, a relatively low death for such a powerful natural disaster.
Although over 26-hundred homes were damaged, most infrastructure held up with mines in the world's top copper producer functioning normally.
The 9-hundred thousand people who evacuated the low-lying coastal areas were able to return home on Wednesday morning, as the authorities lifted the tsunami alarm.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has declared parts of the country a disaster zone, and toured the worst-hit areas on Wednesday.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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