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Chile earthquake: Tsunami hits French Polynesia; no immediate damage reported

February 27, 2010 | 10:03 am
Tsunami waves up to 6 feet high have struck parts of French Polynesia, but no damage was immediately reported.

Residents were being warned early Sunday morning that tsunamis can consist of several waves and they should remain vigilant.

Tonga and the Cook Islands were evacuating coastal areas as the waves were expected to hit later in the morning.

On Tahiti, traffic was banned on roads less than 1,600 feet from the sea. Residents on islands of low elevation were told to get to higher ground.

Monique Richeton, mayor of Rikitea, said the first wave struck Gambier early Sunday at about 3 feet and no damage was reported.

--Associated Press