Pacific region gets relief; tsunami alerts lifted

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Japan Tsunami effect
Singapore, Mar 12: After 24 hours when Japan was under massive trauma over tsunami shock, Asia pacific region got relief as tsunami warnings have been lifted. US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) on Saturday, Mar 12 lifted the alerts from some densely populated Asia Pacific countries.

A tsunami warning had been previously issued for areas across East Asia and the western coast of South America following the huge earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, Mar 11.

Earlier reports claimed that tsunami waves would hit major countries which include Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Fiji, Hawaii and Indonesia by Friday night.

However, later, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre assured people that there was no tsunami threat. New Zealand also was taken out from the tsunami alert list.

After Taiwan and US territory of Guam declared that danger over tsunami waves are not yet posed to the regions, China, Indonesia and the Philippines also lifted their tsunami alerts.

Meanwhile, reports showed that Indonesia experienced a minor tsunami wave hours after Japan witnessed the devastating waves which has claimed more than 1,000 so far.

Japan government is on Saturday started accessing the damage, not just by the raging water but the massive fire that erupted in various parts of Japan. A video of the Japan tsunami showed the extent of the damages.

An estimated 1000 people have died and thousands others displaced in the 33 foot wall of wave that engulfed everything in its way, according to the Kyodo News agency. With the Japanese suffering a number of after shocks following the earthquake of 8.8 magnitude, the damage was only multiplied.

Police sources in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture has revealed that close to 200 to 300 bodies had been found washed up on the shore. There are also reports that a ship carrying 100 people have been caught in the killer waves, but the Japanese naval and coastguard helicopters have been able to trace them and airlift those trapped inside.

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