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Tsunami waves fail to reach Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 12 – The Kenyan coast remained calm on Saturday morning despite a forecast that tsunami waves resulting from a deadly earthquake in Japan would be felt.

No such waves were experienced at about 4 am, the time the Kenya Meteorological Department had predicted weak waves would reach Mombasa.

"We have not had anything so far," said Deputy Director in Charge of Forecasting Services, Peter Ambeje.

Mr Ambeje had on Friday issued an alert to people living along the Kenyan coast following an earth quake measuring a magnitude of 8.9 that struck in Eastern Japan.

When contacted by Capital News on Saturday, Mr Ambeje said: "We are now not expecting anything."

A survey in Mombasa and Malindi established that no impact of the deadly quake and tsunami in Japan was felt.

Businesses went on as usual and beach operators were busy with their businesses especially at the busy Jomo Kenyatta Public beach.

Most of those interviewed were not aware there was a warning.

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"That is news to me and I don\’t think waves emanating from Japan can hit Kenya, so its business as usual for me," said Ali Kamau, a trader at the public beach.

The major adverse impacts of the tsunami were projected to be confined to the Pacific Ocean but some waves were feared to penetrate through Indonesia into the Indian Ocean.

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