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Worried but well-prepared Japan escapes tsunami damage

February 28, 2010 | 11:21 am
Japan A nervous Japan on Sunday prepared for Godzilla. What it got instead was closer to the car insurance gecko.

Fearing a major tsunami could be triggered by Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake, authorities here ordered nearly a quarter of a million households along the island nation's eastern seaboard to evacuate to higher ground.

Disaster workers expected 10-foot waves or larger. Instead, by Sunday evening, only a few insignificant 6-inch to foot-high waves lapped onto Japanese-controlled shores.

"I was watching television all day and I was worried," said Yufuko Goto, a 19-year-old waitress. "They were evacuating people. And I thought that something really big was coming our way."

Continue reading A worried but well-prepared Japan escapes tsunami damage by John M. Glionna.

Photo: Evacuees gather at a shelter in the Japanese town of Minami-sanriku. Credit: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty Images