Tsunami threat largely passes after strong earthquake strikes Taiwan

Taipei, Apr 3 (AP) The tsunami threat from a strong earthquake that struck Taiwan has largely passed.
     The Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded its forecast from 3 metres (9.8 feet) to 1 metre (3.3 feet). One island had a wave of about 30 centimetres (a foot), while smaller waves were detected in other islands.
     Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said there has been no report of injury or damage in Japan. He urged the residents in the Okinawa region to stay on safe ground until all tsunami advisories were lifted.
     China issued no warnings for the Chinese mainland, and there was no threat for Hawaii and Guam.
     More than two hours after the 7.4 magnitude quake struck Taiwan, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the threat of a tsunami has largely passed.
     The quake damaged buildings on Taiwan but casualty information was not yet available. (AP) GSP

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