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Small waves reach northern Japan after Chile quake, advisory issued but no injuries or damage

  • Firefighters keep eyes on Ayukawa Port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan after a tsunami advisory was issued before dawn for Japan's entire Pacific coast Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    Firefighters keep eyes on Ayukawa Port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan after a tsunami advisory was issued before dawn for Japan's entire Pacific coast Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

  • A man watches the sea from the top of a hill in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan after a tsunami advisory was issued for Japan's entire Pacific coast Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)

    A man watches the sea from the top of a hill in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan after a tsunami advisory was issued for Japan's entire Pacific coast Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Two men watch the sea from the top of a hill in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan after a tsunami advisory was issued for Japan's entire Pacific coast Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    Two men watch the sea from the top of a hill in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan after a tsunami advisory was issued for Japan's entire Pacific coast Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

Small tsunami waves reached the Japanese coast Friday morning, one day after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck offshore Chile.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said a wave of 80 centimeters (31 inches) was recorded in the port of Kuji in Iwate prefecture, part of the same northeast region hit by a much larger and deadly tsunami in March 2011.

No injury or damages have been reported from the waves, but some coastal towns have issued evacuation advisories as a precautionary step.

The agency issued a tsunami advisory before dawn Friday for Japan's entire Pacific coast, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.

Agency official Yohei Hasegawa said the waves reached northern Japan first and were moving toward the southwest. He said the agency expects the swelling of the waves would continue for a while and could go as high as 1 meter (40 inches), and urged residents to stay away from the coast.

Smaller waves have been detected across the country, up to 50 centimeters (20 inches) in Erimo on Hokkaido and 20 centimeters (8 inches) in Fukushima prefecture, home to the nuclear power plant destroyed by the 2011 disaster.

The northern Japanese coasts, especially those in Iwate, have been affected by tsunami induced by earthquakes near Chile in the past. In 1960, a tsunami exceeding 5 meters (16 feet) hit the area, leaving 139 people dead.