Russia Cancels Tsunami Warning

Russia has cancelled a tsunami warning after the waves that hit the coast of its Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka proved too small for danger, the local emergency situations ministry said Sunday as quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.

"The wave's height was only 25 centimeters (9.8 inches). There were no incidents linked to its approach," the officials said.

Russia issued a tsunami warning after Saturday's massive earthquake in Chile and launched evacuation procedures in Kamchatka, expecting waves of up to two meters, the Sakhalin island tsunami centre's chief Tatyana Ivelskaya said earlier on Sunday.

According to Kamchatka officials, some 100 employees of Severo-Kurilsk port and fish factory were evacuated, and residents of five houses that could be struck by a tsunami would be transported to safe areas.

Both Russia and Japan had remained the only countries on tsunami alert after an 8.8-magnitude quake hit Chile and sent waves racing across the Pacific.

The massive earthquake, which struck off the coast of Chile before dawn, killed more than 300 people and affected as many as two million as it left a trail of destruction through a swath of central Chile.

One of the largest earthquakes on record, it sent tsunami waves crashing into coastal areas of the South American nation of 16 million people, and then roaring across the Pacific Ocean as far as New Zealand and Japan.