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An army spokeswoman said villagers in Tubigan were asleep when the rebels came and started spraying houses with automatic gunfire, setting them on fire

Police suspect the attack was launched by a joint group of Abu Sayyaf and rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front members, allegedly led by sub-leader Puruji Indama.

Indama has been blamed for the kidnapping of two Chinese and a Filipino worker from a plywood factory.

The two Chinese captives – Zi Shun Lu, a.k.a. Oscar Lu, 51; and Bo Shung Tan, a.k.a. Michael Tan, 27 – were rescued by government forces hours before the attack. [The Filipino hostage, Mark Singson, was beheaded after his employer, Hi-Tech Wood Craft Corporation, failed to pay ransom.]

Authorities said they could not ascertain if the attack had anything to do with the recent deaths of several Abu Sayyaf members, including Albader Parad, the man behind the kidnapping of International Red Cross volunteers.

His death could set back the militants’ plans to disrupt elections in the south.

An Abu Sayyaf member involved in the kidnapping of several Europeans and one American in Malaysia back in 2000 was also arrested a few days ago.

The military has been expecting the small but violent Abu Sayyaf group, known for kidnappings, bombings and beheadings, to launch retaliatory attacks for Parad’s death.

An army spokeswoman said villagers in Tubigan were asleep when the rebels came and started spraying houses with automatic gunfire, 경기도출장샵 setting them on fire.

“Each rebel brought a gallon of gasoline, then they started torching the houses,” said one member of a civilian militia force.

Hundreds of people have been displaced

The army said nearly 20 others were wounded, including four children who suffered third-degree burns. Those in critical conditions were taken to hospitals in Zamboanga City on the mainland.

About a third of Fiji’s 800,000 people live in those areas, he said

The first tsunami from the Chile quake hit Japan’s outlying islands on Sunday, but the initial waves were small, though officials warned a bigger surge of water could reach the country’s main islands.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the first tsunami to reach Japan after the magnitude 8.8 quake off Chile was recorded in the Ogasawara islands. It was just 4 inches high. There were no reports of damage.

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Japan put all of its eastern coastline on tsunami alert Sunday and ordered hundreds of thousands of residents in low-lying areas to seek higher ground as waves generated by an earthquake off Chile raced across the Pacific at hundreds of miles (kilometers) per hour.

It was the first such alert for Japan’s coasts in almost 20 years.

Towns along northern coasts issued evacuation orders to hundreds of thousands of residents. Japan’s national broadcaster NHK switched to emergency mode, broadcasting a map with the areas in most danger and repeatedly urging caution.

As the wave continued its expansion across the ocean, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said its tsunami alert applied to its entire Pacific coast, with the waves expected to be biggest in the north.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano told a hastily called news conference that the government has set up a crisis control task force to deal with the possible tsunami danger.

“We will do our utmost to minimize the possible tsunami damage,” Hirano said.

In Hawaii, after a day of several tide fluctuations, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted a warning threatening the Aloha State.

Towns along northern coasts issued evacuation orders to hundreds of thousands of residents, and authorities urged people close to the shore to head for higher ground.

People packed their families into cars, but there were no reports of panic or traffic jams. Fishermen secured their boats, and police officers patrolled beaches, using sirens and loudspeakers to warn people to leave the area.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said Sunday morning that a tsunami could hit the island’s eastern coast. It gave no estimate on wave size but warned the public against going near the sea. The Philippines was also watching for waves.

Earlier Sunday in Tonga, where up to 50,000 people fled inland hours ahead of the tsunami, the National Disaster Office had reports of a wave up to 6.5 feet high hitting a small northern island, deputy director Mali’u Takai said.

“That wave is reported in the Vava’u outer islands,” he told The Associated Press, adding that earlier reports were that a nearly 3.5 feet wave had hit the northern group. There were no initial indications of damage.

Nine people died in Tonga last September when the Samoa tsunami slammed the small northern island of Niuatoputapu, wiping out half of the main settlement.

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In Samoa, where 183 people died in the tsunami five months ago, thousands of people Sunday morning remained in the hills above the coasts on the main island of Upolu, but police said there were no reports of waves or sea surges hitting the South Pacific nation.

In Fiji by midmorning Sunday, disaster management office duty officer Anthony Blake said no unusual wave activity had been reported.

“There has been no surges at all,” he told AP, but people who evacuated from coastal towns and villages should stay away from beaches for at least more six hours.

Blake said coastal evacuations had taken place on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second biggest island, and in the Lau and Lomaiviti island groups. About a third of Fiji’s 800,000 people live in those areas, he said.

Police and emergency services are on alert for waves of between 1.9 and 7.5 feet on the northern and eastern islands of the archipelago.

In Japan, a tsunami of up to 9.8 feet was expected to hit the northern prefectures of Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi at about 1:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. Eastern time). Waves of about 3.2 feet were expected in the Tokyo Bay area at about 2:30 p.m. local time, the Meteorological Agency said.

The town of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture (state), where the major tsunami is expected, issued evacuation orders to its 14,000 coastal residents through its community radio system, urging them to go to designated community centers and other facilities, according to town official Masashi Suenaga.

The issuance of the major tsunami alert is the first for Japan since July 1993, when a tsunami triggered by a major earthquake off Japan’s northern coast killed more than 200 people on a small island 경기도출장샵 of Okushiri.

Villagers living close to the Philippines’ eastern coast were advised to move to higher ground, said Renato Solidum, the chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. He said a wave of about 3.2 feet high could hit early in the afternoon.

“We’re not expecting any huge tsunami so we’re just urging everybody to take precautions,” Solidum told The Associated Press.

On New Zealand’s Chatham Islands earlier Sunday, officials reported a wave measured at 6.6 feet.

Oceanographer Ken Gledhill said it was typical tsunami behavior when the sea water dropped a meter off North Island’s east coast at Gisborne then surged back.

Several hundred people in the North Island coastal cities of Gisborne and Napier were evacuated from their homes and from camp grounds, while residents in low-lying areas on South Island’s Banks Peninsula were alerted to be ready to evacuate.

In the Cook Islands the police issued an all-clear midmorning Sunday after the tsunami caused a minor tidal surge of a few centimeters.

In Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology reported a tsunami measuring 1.6 feet off Norfolk Island, about 1,000 miles northeast of Sydney.

There were no immediate reports of damage and no evacuations were ordered. A tsunami warning remained in effect by late morning Sunday for much of Australia’s east coast – from Queensland state in the north to Tasmania in the south.

“Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s alert said. “Check that your neighbors have received this advice. Boats in close should return quickly if possible. Boats in deep water should stay offshore until further advised.”

Nathan Crooks, a journalist for Business News Americas, told CBS News he was asleep in Santiago when the quake hit, violently shaking his house

Nathan Crooks, a journalist for Business News Americas, told CBS News he was asleep in Santiago when the quake hit, 대구출장샵 violently shaking his house.

“We’re used to earthquakes in Chile, and we get lots of tremors. You could tell that this one was different from the sound of it. It was really violent! I have never been in an earthquake this large.

“You could hear the walls shaking, books dropping, dishes dropping, it was this general roar, almost like a freight train – everything combined, everywhere in the entire city.”

Crooks positioned himself under a doorframe.

“I live in a new high rise built for earthquakes,” he said. “It was interesting to see the building move with the quake.

“Another thing was how LONG it went on. It went on for a loooong time,” said Crooks. “That’s what surprised me the most. It was violent shaking for what seemed like a couple of minutes.”

Crooks said electric power out was out. “I went downstairs to get a handle of what was going on, to make sure no structural damage to the building. There was no cell phone service. You could hear car alarms going off, sirens, a lot of general commotion.”

Public transport was stopped. He described the rubble he saw on a brief walk, and the fate of one of the most famous churches in Santiago. “Not too much damage, but the main church of Providencia in the old part of town, one of the top towers collapsed. It’s very potent to see that image.”

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“We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement,” Trudeau said, The Global and Mail reported.  Trudeau declined to comment on a recent public spat with the U.S

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday afternoon he supports U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions on North Korea. “We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement,” Trudeau said, The Global and Mail reported. 

Trudeau declined to comment on a recent public spat with the U.S. president, saying, “On (Trump’s) comments, I’m going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests.”

Mr. Trump lashed out at Trudeau on Twitter over the weekend. He was furious after Trudeau said at the end of the G-7 summit in Quebec that he wouldn’t let Canada be pushed around in trade relations with the United States. Mr. Trump complained that he’d been blindsided by Trudeau’s criticism of his tariff threats and, and 부산출장샵 he called Trudeau “very dishonest” and “weak.”

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!” Mr. Trump tweeted over the weekend.

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

The following day, Mr. Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said, “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump.”

On Tuesday, Navarro offered an apology at a Wall Street Journal conference, the Journal’s Gerald Seib tweeted. Seib quotes Navarro as saying: “Let me correct a mistake I made…In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate.” 

Peter Navarro, speaking at WSJ CFO Network just now, apologizes for “special place in hell” remark directed at Canada’s Trudeau: “Let me correct a mistake I made…In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate.” #WSJCFO

The tsunami alert was put out after a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake erupted in the south Pacific off the Chilean coast at 3:34 a.m. local time. That quake was hundreds of times stronger than the 7.0-magnitude tremor that devastated Haiti in January. It was so powerful that it hammered the nearby town of Concepcion, brought down buildings 200 miles away in the capital Santiago and was felt across South America from Argentina to Ecuador. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared “a state of catastrophe,” in central Chile saying that more than 120 people are confirmed dead so far. “Without a doubt, with an earthquake of this magnitude, there will be more deaths,” Bachelet said. “People should remain calm … . We are doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information will be shared immediately.” President Obama said the U.S. is ready to assist Chile in rescue and recovery efforts should it ask for help. “We can’t control nature, but we can and must be prepared for disaster when it strikes,” he said about the looming tsunami threat. Experts reported that the quake had generated a dangerous swelling of waves across the Pacific basin. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii slammed its warning light to red — or severe — and advised governments in the region to respond. ‘Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage. Authorities should take appropriate action in response to this threat,’ the center said. “A tsunami is a series of waves and the first wave may not be the largest,” the center added. “Tsunami wave heights cannot be predicted. The time between one tsunami wave to the next can be five minutes to an hour.” Included in the list of countries that could be affected by the tsunami were Mexico, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and almost all Central America. The center’s warnings serve as advice to national governments, which have the sole authority to make decisions regarding the state of alert in their areas. Mexico did not immediately evacuate any of the fishing villages, tourist resorts or industrial ports along its vast Pacific coast that stretches from California to Guatemala. However, local civil protection officials said they were tracking the nearby sea movement. “We are carefully monitoring the coastal zone. Up until now all is reported calm,” said Cesar Narvaez, who heads civil protection in the southern state of Oaxaca. In Hawaii, officials blasted sirens from the early morning warning people to prepare for the waves that were predicted to hit close to midday local time. But it also stopped short of a full-scale evacuation. In Panama, which contains the shortest point between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the government said it was on top alert. “Panama is in a state of vigilance,” said Arturo Alvarado, who head of the National Civil Protection Agency. Tsunami warnings bring back memories of the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, a 9.2-magnitude tremor that left some 230,000 dead in 14 countries, including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Following that disaster, governments and international agencies have poured millions of dollars into bolstering response mechanisms and defenses. The United States’ own Pacific Tsunami Warning Center doubled its staff from eight to 15 and kept its watch up to 24 hours a day from 2005. U.S. aid also put money into a regional Tsunami Early Warning System across Latin America. The latest earthquake of Chile may be a test of how effective these systems are in saving lives from devastating waves.

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The teen comedy from Sony, the misadventures of two high school buddies trying to score booze, took in $31.2 million to debut as the weekend’s No. 1 movie, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Superbad” knocked off the previous weekend’s top flick, New Line’s “Rush Hour 3,” which slipped to second place with $21.8 million, raising its total to $88.2 million.

The Warner Bros. sci-fi tale “The Invasion,” starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in an update of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” opened a weak No. 5 with $6 million.

“Superbad” maintains the pattern of producer Judd Apatow’s earlier hits, “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which he directed. Apatow and his collaborators, including “Knocked Up” star and “Superbad” co-writer and co-star Seth Rogen, have a knack for packaging crude, R-rated humor with clever, authentic dialogue far smarter than what’s normally seen in summer comedies.

Shot on a modest $20 million budget, “Superbad” had a slightly better debut than “Knocked Up,” which opened in June with $30.7 million and went on become a $100 million hit.

“I think a genuinely funny movie always has a shot at doing well, because so few movies are really funny,” Apatow told The Associated Press as he headed to the “Knocked Up” premiere Sunday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland.

“Superbad,” co-written by Rogen and 부산출장샵 his high school best friend Evan Goldberg, stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as pals on a quest for alcohol to impress the foxy host of a party. Rogen co-stars as an inept cop who ends up carousing with the teens, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse proves a scene-stealer as Hill and Cera’s super-geeky friend.

Though centering on high schoolers, “Superbad” drew in older crowds, with 40 percent of the audience over 30, said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony.

“The Apatow comedy machine itself is a brand now, and it’s a brand that has created movies that appeal to older audiences who now follow whatever he does, even in the teen genre, which is very unusual,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.

Overall Hollywood revenues rose with the top 12 movies taking in $110.5 million, up 21 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Snakes on a Plane” opened at No. 1 with $15.2 million. Movie attendance is running 5 percent ahead of last summer’s, according to Media By Numbers.

The Weinstein Co. release “The Last Legion,” featuring Ben Kingsley in an action tale set in ancient Rome, tanked with just $2.6 million, finishing at No. 12.

In narrower release, MGM’s comedy “Death at a Funeral,” a tale of outrageous goings-on at a British patriarch’s farewell, opened solidly with $1.3 million.

Warner Independent’s “The 11th Hour,” a global-crisis documentary on ecological issues co-written, co-produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, debuted well in four theaters with $56,000.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Superbad,” $31.2 million.

2. “Rush Hour 3,” $21.8 million.

3. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” $19 million.

4. “The Simpsons Movie,” $6.7 million.

5. “The Invasion,” $6 million.

6. “Stardust,” $5.2 million.

7. “Hairspray,” $4.3 million.

8. “Underdog,” $3.6 million.

9. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” $3.54 million.

10. “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” $3.5 million.By DAVID GERMAIN

scandal with @MLauer and @savannahguthrie pic.twitter.com/fXBGz7NkEK Stewart conceded, “Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart opened up about his reaction to news that his friend, comedian Louis C.K., admitted to masturbating in front of women and using his influence “irresponsibly.”

On the “Today” show, when asked how he felt about the admission, 인천출장샵 Stewart said, “Stunned, I think.” 

He continued, “You give your friends the benefit of the doubt. I tried to think of it in terms of, I’ve had have friends who have compulsions and have done things — gambling drinking or drugs — and we’ve lost some of them. Some of them have died and you always find yourself at a moment of, ‘Did I miss something? Could I have done more?’ And in this situation, I think we all could have. So you feel anger at what he did to people.”

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Stewart conceded, “Look, comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women. The idea that there was this added layer of pressure and manipulation and fear and humiliation … I think it’s a question of, we’re used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women, they’re in a very difficult position, and you get mad at yourself, too, for laughing it off or for thinking, ‘That didn’t happen.’ And it’s hard.”

Stewart also addressed a May 2016 conversation in which he dismissed the rumors about C.K. During a podcast taping for David Axelrod’s “The Axe Files,” Stewart laughed off a question about why he hadn’t spoken up about the rumors about C.K. and said, “So the internet said Louis harassed women? … I don’t know what you’re talking about.” 

On “Today,” Stewart said, “I was like, ‘Look, I know this is very serious, but I know Louis, he’s always been a gentleman to me,’ which, again, it speaks to the blindness that I think a man has.” Stewart said that was the first he had heard of the rumors. 

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The former “Daily Show” host said he hopes the explosion of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men will bring about change. 

“It’s another one of those endemic, systemic and complex problems that we all haven’t had the urgency for, certainly myself included,” he admitted.

You could tell that this one was different from the sound of it

Nathan Crooks, a journalist for Business News Americas, told CBS News he was asleep in Santiago when the quake hit, violently shaking his house.

“We’re used to earthquakes in Chile, and we get lots of tremors. You could tell that this one was different from the sound of it. It was really violent! I have never been in an earthquake this large.

“You could hear the walls shaking, books dropping, dishes dropping, it was this general roar, 서울출장샵 almost like a freight train – everything combined, everywhere in the entire city.”

Crooks positioned himself under a doorframe.

“I live in a new high rise built for earthquakes,” he said. “It was interesting to see the building move with the quake.

“Another thing was how LONG it went on. It went on for a loooong time,” said Crooks. “That’s what surprised me the most. It was violent shaking for what seemed like a couple of minutes.”

Crooks said electric power out was out. “I went downstairs to get a handle of what was going on, to make sure no structural damage to the building. There was no cell phone service. You could hear car alarms going off, sirens, a lot of general commotion.”

Public transport was stopped. He described the rubble he saw on a brief walk, and the fate of one of the most famous churches in Santiago. “Not too much damage, but the main church of Providencia in the old part of town, one of the top towers collapsed. It’s very potent to see that image.”

Special Section: Earthquake in ChileCatastrophic 8.8-Mag. Quake Strikes ChileHawaii Braces for Possible TsunamiGeophysicist: Chile Shock Released 500x Energy of Haiti QuakeImages From Chile EarthquakeVideo: Chile in a “State of Catastrophe”

“I went downstairs to get a handle of what was going on, to make sure no structural damage to the building

Nathan Crooks, a journalist for Business News Americas, told CBS News he was asleep in Santiago when the quake hit, violently shaking his house.

“We’re used to earthquakes in Chile, and we get lots of tremors. You could tell that this one was different from the sound of it. It was really violent! I have never been in an earthquake this large.

“You could hear the walls shaking, books dropping, dishes dropping, it was this general roar, almost like a freight train – everything combined, everywhere in the entire city.”

Crooks positioned himself under a doorframe.

“I live in a new high rise built for earthquakes,” he said. “It was interesting to see the building move with the quake.

“Another thing was how LONG it went on. It went on for a loooong time,” said Crooks. “That’s what surprised me the most. It was violent shaking for what seemed like a couple of minutes.”

Crooks said electric power out was out. “I went downstairs to get a handle of what was going on, to make sure no structural damage to the building. There was no cell phone service. You could hear car alarms going off, sirens, a lot of general commotion.”

Public transport was stopped. He described the rubble he saw on a brief walk, 부산출장샵 and the fate of one of the most famous churches in Santiago. “Not too much damage, but the main church of Providencia in the old part of town, one of the top towers collapsed. It’s very potent to see that image.”

Special Section: Earthquake in ChileCatastrophic 8.8-Mag. Quake Strikes ChileHawaii Braces for Possible TsunamiGeophysicist: Chile Shock Released 500x Energy of Haiti QuakeImages From Chile EarthquakeVideo: Chile in a “State of Catastrophe”

“That wave is reported in the Vava’u outer islands,” he told The Associated Press, adding that earlier reports were that a nearly 3.5 feet wave had hit the northern group

The first tsunami from the Chile quake hit Japan’s outlying islands on Sunday, but the initial waves were small, though officials warned a bigger surge of water could reach the country’s main islands.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the first tsunami to reach Japan after the magnitude 8.8 quake off Chile was recorded in the Ogasawara islands. It was just 4 inches high. There were no reports of damage.

Special Section: Earthquake in Chile

Japan put all of its eastern coastline on tsunami alert Sunday and ordered hundreds of thousands of residents in low-lying areas to seek higher ground as waves generated by an earthquake off Chile raced across the Pacific at hundreds of miles (kilometers) per hour.

It was the first such alert for Japan’s coasts in almost 20 years.

Towns along northern coasts issued evacuation orders to hundreds of thousands of residents. Japan’s national broadcaster NHK switched to emergency mode, broadcasting a map with the areas in most danger and repeatedly urging caution.

As the wave continued its expansion across the ocean, 서울출장샵 Japan’s Meteorological Agency said its tsunami alert applied to its entire Pacific coast, with the waves expected to be biggest in the north.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano told a hastily called news conference that the government has set up a crisis control task force to deal with the possible tsunami danger.

“We will do our utmost to minimize the possible tsunami damage,” Hirano said.

In Hawaii, after a day of several tide fluctuations, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted a warning threatening the Aloha State.

Towns along northern coasts issued evacuation orders to hundreds of thousands of residents, and authorities urged people close to the shore to head for higher ground.

People packed their families into cars, but there were no reports of panic or traffic jams. Fishermen secured their boats, and police officers patrolled beaches, using sirens and loudspeakers to warn people to leave the area.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said Sunday morning that a tsunami could hit the island’s eastern coast. It gave no estimate on wave size but warned the public against going near the sea. The Philippines was also watching for waves.

Earlier Sunday in Tonga, where up to 50,000 people fled inland hours ahead of the tsunami, the National Disaster Office had reports of a wave up to 6.5 feet high hitting a small northern island, deputy director Mali’u Takai said.

“That wave is reported in the Vava’u outer islands,” he told The Associated Press, adding that earlier reports were that a nearly 3.5 feet wave had hit the northern group. There were no initial indications of damage.

Nine people died in Tonga last September when the Samoa tsunami slammed the small northern island of Niuatoputapu, wiping out half of the main settlement.

More coverage of the earthquake in Chile

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In Samoa, where 183 people died in the tsunami five months ago, thousands of people Sunday morning remained in the hills above the coasts on the main island of Upolu, but police said there were no reports of waves or sea surges hitting the South Pacific nation.

In Fiji by midmorning Sunday, disaster management office duty officer Anthony Blake said no unusual wave activity had been reported.

“There has been no surges at all,” he told AP, but people who evacuated from coastal towns and villages should stay away from beaches for at least more six hours.

Blake said coastal evacuations had taken place on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second biggest island, and in the Lau and Lomaiviti island groups. About a third of Fiji’s 800,000 people live in those areas, he said.

Police and emergency services are on alert for waves of between 1.9 and 7.5 feet on the northern and eastern islands of the archipelago.

In Japan, a tsunami of up to 9.8 feet was expected to hit the northern prefectures of Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi at about 1:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. Eastern time). Waves of about 3.2 feet were expected in the Tokyo Bay area at about 2:30 p.m. local time, the Meteorological Agency said.

The town of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture (state), where the major tsunami is expected, issued evacuation orders to its 14,000 coastal residents through its community radio system, urging them to go to designated community centers and other facilities, according to town official Masashi Suenaga.

The issuance of the major tsunami alert is the first for Japan since July 1993, when a tsunami triggered by a major earthquake off Japan’s northern coast killed more than 200 people on a small island of Okushiri.

Villagers living close to the Philippines’ eastern coast were advised to move to higher ground, said Renato Solidum, the chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. He said a wave of about 3.2 feet high could hit early in the afternoon.

“We’re not expecting any huge tsunami so we’re just urging everybody to take precautions,” Solidum told The Associated Press.

On New Zealand’s Chatham Islands earlier Sunday, officials reported a wave measured at 6.6 feet.

Oceanographer Ken Gledhill said it was typical tsunami behavior when the sea water dropped a meter off North Island’s east coast at Gisborne then surged back.

Several hundred people in the North Island coastal cities of Gisborne and Napier were evacuated from their homes and from camp grounds, while residents in low-lying areas on South Island’s Banks Peninsula were alerted to be ready to evacuate.

In the Cook Islands the police issued an all-clear midmorning Sunday after the tsunami caused a minor tidal surge of a few centimeters.

In Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology reported a tsunami measuring 1.6 feet off Norfolk Island, about 1,000 miles northeast of Sydney.

There were no immediate reports of damage and no evacuations were ordered. A tsunami warning remained in effect by late morning Sunday for much of Australia’s east coast – from Queensland state in the north to Tasmania in the south.

“Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s alert said. “Check that your neighbors have received this advice. Boats in close should return quickly if possible. Boats in deep water should stay offshore until further advised.”