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Special Press Release on Tsunami (11 March 2011)

A severe earthquake of magnitude 8.9 occurred near east coast of Honshu, Japan at about 1:47 p.m. on 11 Mar 2011.

The earthquake has generated a tsunami which affects the Pacific and the travel time chart of the tsunami for the ocean is attached.

For Hong Kong and the neighbouring coastal areas, the tsunami is unlikely to cause any significant effect. The rise in the local sea level is expected to be less than half a metre, which is much lower than the normal day-to-day tidal variation of about one metre.

Tsunami Travel Time Chart generated by the Hong Kong Observatory

Last revision date: <21 Dec 2012>