Chilean tsunami will have no impact on Taiwan: weather bureau
Central News Agency
2010-02-28 02:25 PM
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) A tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake that struck Chile early Saturday is not expected to have a major impact on Taiwan, located on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii removed Taiwan from a Tsunami advisory list earlier in the day, said Kuo Kai-wen, director of the CWB's Seismology Center.

A PTWC tsunami advisory has been in effect for coastal areas in Pacific Rim countries after a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit central Chile in the early hours of Saturday.

According to the tsunami warning center, the tsunami reached Hawaii at 6:11 a.m. Sunday, Taiwan time, but the waves averaged only 52 cm high, far smaller than previously forecast by the center, Kuo said.

The earthquake-triggered tsunami was forecast to have subsided further by the time it reached Guam, Kuo added.

"It will have diminished even further by the time it reaches Taiwan's eastern coast at 2:21 p.m., " Kuo forecast, adding that the CWB will not issue a tsunami warning for the Taiwan area.

However, Kuo nevertheless warned the public to stay away from beaches along Taiwan's eastern coast Sunday and the following day, just in case.

As of press time, at least 80 people had been killed by the earthquake in Chile, and the death toll was reported to be still climbing.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh and Deborah Kuo)

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