Friday, March 12, 2010

Tsunami reaches Australia, no big waves reported

Sydney--Australian officials on Sunday recorded the first effects of a wide-ranging tsunami generated by the Chile earthquake, reporting a rise in sea levels but no major waves. Water levels surged by a few centimetres off Tasmania, they said, warning of rises of up to 40 centimetres (16 inches) and strong currents for several hours rolling up Australia's east coast. "At the moment we're really in the first few minutes of it," Alasdair Hainsworth, the Bureau of Meteorology's acting assistant director of services, told AFP. "It's sea levels rising by just a couple of centimetres at the moment"...

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