Fri, March 11, 2011
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Earthquake-triggered tsunami waves to reach coastal China

2011-03-11 15:07:32 GMT2011-03-11 23:07:32(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GUANGDONG, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Tsunami waves triggered by a powerful earthquake in Japan would reach China's southern and eastern coastal provinces late Friday, but would not bring serious damages, ocean forecast officials said.

The waves would reach east Guangdong Province, coastal Fujian and Zhejiang provinces at around 10 p.m., with heights between 0.3 to 0.6 meters, which were below danger levels, said Bai Yiping, director of a forecasting center under the State Oceanic Administration.

Still, Guangdong's maritime affairs bureau has suspended passenger ferry services in its eastern coastal areas and ordered 24-hour patrols.

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Japan's northeastern Honshu island Friday afternoon, triggering a ferocious tsunami.

The waves, as high as 0.3 meters, would also reach east China's Jiangsu Province and Shanghai Municipality after midnight.

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