Tsunami spares Philippines, Indonesia

2011-03-11 15:46

Manado - Small tsunami waves hit the Philippines hours after a massive quake struck Japan, but there were no reports of local damage or casualties, its chief state seismologist said.

"This looks like good news," Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum told a news conference after reporting waves ranging from 30cm to 1m.

In Indonesia thousands of people fled their homes in northeastern region after being warned that a large tsunami triggered by the Japanese earthquake could pound their shores.

But a meteorological official says only a 10cm wave hit the North Maluku islands and caused no known damage or injuries.

Fauzi, who uses only one name, says other areas could still be harder hit, and a second, larger tsunami might be on the way.

Indonesia was hardest hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed more than 230 000 lives.