However, initial reports suggested that the tsunami hits East Indonesia without any damage.
Earlier on the day, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds tumbling down its slopes.
Soon after the tsunami alerts by the government, thousands of people evacuated their homes in northeastern Indonesia, sources informed.
The tsunami alerts were issued in Indonesia were allotted along a 1,100-mile (1,770-kilometer) stretch of coastline, from North Sulawesi province to Papua, government officials reported.
Among the other countries for which tsunami alerts have been issued are - Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
Reports suggested that tsunami will hit the coastal area of New Zealand and Australi by 10:50 PM and 11:00 PM on Friday, Mar 11.
Tsunami in Japan rocked buildings in Tokyo and triggered a tsunami that dashed ships onto Japan's northeast coast and sweeping cars through the streets of coastal towns.
The first earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale struck at 2.45 pm local time about 237 miles northeast of Tokyo at a depth of 15.2 miles, the US Geological Survey said, revising the magnitude from an earlier 7.9.