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REGION: Killer tsunami spares South Pacific - but strikes Hawai'i

Tracking the Japanese tsunami in the Pacific. Image: US Geological Science site:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Item: 7327

VIDEO: South Pacific eases tsunami alerts after killer wave strikes Japan
AUCKLAND: Many South Pacific countries and territories have lifted tsunami warnings after Japan's catastrophic 8.9 magnitude earthquake, but Tahiti ordered many residents to stay ashore.

But the "Big Island" in Hawai'i suffered widespread coastal damage. No fatalities or injuries were reported.

The death toll from Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake reached more than 1700 on Sunday, with some areas suffering devastating damage, according to the National Police Agency.

Japan declared emergencies at two crippled nuclear power plants.

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- Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch

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