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iol.co.za: Small waves hit Japan after tsunami alert

EXTRACT: Sakhalin Energy, operator of the Shell-led Sahkalin-2 oil and gas exploration project, said the venture was unaffected. “Right now there is no impact on our activities,” said Sakhalin Energy spokesperson Ivan Chernyakhovskiy in Moscow. “All our facilities are designed to standards that take into account all geological hazards and are build to withstand tsunamis.” 

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By Elaine Lies

Tokyo – Small tsunami waves hit Japan’s northernmost island late on Wednesday after a major quake in the north Pacific triggered a full-scale tsunami warning for areas of northern Japan and Russia’s sparsely populated Kurile islands.

An initial tsunami of 40cm came ashore near Nemuro on the Pacific coast of Hokkaido island, just before 10pm, nearly two hours after the estimated 8.1 magnitude quake. Other waves of 10cm to 20cm were also recorded.

There were no immediate reports of more significant waves either in Japan or in the Kuriles, and Japan’s meteorological agency said tsunami warnings had been lifted. Initially, Hokkaido officials had issued predictions of a tsunami 1m to 2m high.

Japanese officials had urged thousands of people to move to higher ground, with emergency authorities taking to the streets to spread the warning.

Authorities on the Russian island of Sakhalin said the quake struck near uninhabited islands at the centre of the Kurile chain, which stretches north-east from Hokkaido to the Kamchatka peninsula.

The site of the quake was roughly 1 700km north-east of Tokyo. Russian authorities said the tremor struck 130km east of Simushir island.

“We have been repeatedly urging people to evacuate. We did not feel an earthquake,” Yasukatsu Imai, a Nemuro official, told NHK public television.

Russian emergency services went on high alert and evacuated a small settlement after the quake.

Sakhalin Energy, operator of the Shell-led Sahkalin-2 oil and gas exploration project, said the venture was unaffected.

“Right now there is no impact on our activities,” said Sakhalin Energy spokesperson Ivan Chernyakhovskiy in Moscow.

“All our facilities are designed to standards that take into account all geological hazards and are build to withstand tsunamis.” 

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