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Japan says sharing tsunami information important in wake of Taiwan quake

Japan says sharing tsunami information important in wake of Taiwan quake

Countries must continue to share seismological information to warn of possible tsunami, an earthquake expert said Wednesday, a day after Japan warned the Philippines of approaching killer waves that never arrived.
A magnitude 6.7 quake hit southern Taiwan on late Tuesday _ the second anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed 230,000 people.
The Taiwan quake triggered tsunami alerts across the region, although ultimately no killer waves were reported. Among those redundant warnings, Japan's Meteorological Agency said a one-meter (3.3-foot) tsunami might be headed toward the eastern Philippines.
Yuji Nishimae of the agency's quake and tsunami section said countries should still share information about potential tsunami.
Japan has agreed to provide information to ten countries about the possibility of tsunami in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, Nishimae said.
"I think it is important to share information. If a quake registers a magnitude of 6.5 or bigger, there is a chance of tsunami, so it is important to inform," he said.
After a powerful earthquake last month, the Japanese agency warned that waves of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) high could hit northern Japan. Waves did hit the shores, but they were only 84 centimeters (34 inches) tall.


Updated : 2021-04-22 12:20 GMT+08:00