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Taiwan lifts tsunami warning

2011/03/11 19:43:13

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted atsunami warning at 6: 40 p.m. Friday as tidal waves triggered by amagnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck off Japan's northeastern coastearlier in the day were no longer believed likely to create damage inTaiwan.

According to CWB data, the biggest waves that reached Taiwanafter the earthquake were detected at Wushih, in northeasternTaiwan's Yilan County, but they had a height of just 12 centimeters.

The bureau had issued the tsunami warning several hourspreviously based on a report by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center,which initially put Taiwan on its watch list.

The bureau said it originally estimated that tsunami might hiteastern Taiwan's Hualien and Taitung counties at around 5: 30 p.m.with heights ranging between 50 cm and 100 cm.

However, the bureau said that at only a little over 10 cm, thewaves were much smaller than had been anticipated and were thereforenot expected to cause any problems.

(By Chen Shun-hsien and Sofia Wu)