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Japan's eastern coast hit by tsunami triggered by Tonga eruption

Waves 1.2 meters high reported; agency warns of those up to 3 meters

The eruption of an underwater volcano off Tonga, which triggered a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations, is seen in an image from the NOAA GOES-West satellite taken at 05:10 a.m. GMT on Jan. 15. (Handout photo from CIRA/NOAA)   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A tsunami caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano off the South Pacific island nation of Tonga reached Japan's Pacific coast late Saturday.

Tsunami waves 90 cm high were reported on Chichi-jima in the Ogasawara archipelago at 10:52 p.m. and they reached 1.2 meters on the Amami Islands at 11:55 p.m. A wave measuring 1.1 meters was observed in Iwate Prefecture at 2:26 a.m. on Sunday and waves 70cm high were reported at 6:48 a.m. in Miyazaki Prefecture.

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