Pacific Nations Cancel Tsunami Alert

TOKYO, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Tsunami warnings throughout the Pacific basin were canceled Sunday after waves unleashed by Chile’s earthquake reached as far as Japan.

The earthquake claimed at least 300 lives in Chile, but no casualties or injuries were reported along the coasts of other nations that were able to issue tsunami warnings well in advance of the arrival of waves.

The tallest wave to hit Japan measured 4 feet when it rolled into the Kuji Port in Iwate, CNN reported. Japan was the last country on alert for the tsunami and had evacuated tens of thousands of people from coastal areas. A tsunami unleashed by Chile’s 1960 quake killed 140 people in Japan.

Hawaii canceled its tsunami alert about two hours after the first waves came ashore Saturday.

In California, several navigational buoys were damaged by a 2-foot tsunami surge Saturday.

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