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Small tsunamis hit Indonesia and Philippines, no damage reported

Tsunami waves hit northern Indonesia and Philipines hours after a massive earthquake struck Japan on Friday. There are no local damage or casualties reported.

world Updated: Mar 11, 2011 19:14 IST

Tsunami waves hit northern Indonesia and Philipines hours after a massive earthquake struck Japan on Friday. There are no local damage or casualties reported.

Thousands of people have fled their homes in northeastern Indonesia after being warned that a large tsunami triggered by a Japanese earthquake could pound their shores.

But a meteorological official says only a 10-centimetre 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.

Alerts were issued along a long stretch of Indonesia's coastline, triggering widespread panic after today's massive 8.9-magnitude quake in Japan.

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

"This looks like good news," Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum told a news conference after reporting waves ranging from 30 centimetres (one foot) to one metre (3.3 feet).