US escapes Japan tsunami, says Obama (Lead)March 12th, 2011 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS
Washington, March 12 (IANS) There was no major damage in the US due to the tsunami caused by Japan’s massive earthquake, President Barack Obama has said.
Obama said Friday at the White House that the US was closely monitoring the situation, Xinhua reported.
He termed Japan’s earthquake and the tsunami, which has killed a thousand people, as “catastrophic”.
Obama said one US aircraft carrier was already in Japanese waters and another was on its way.
Huge tsunami waves, some 10 metres high, slammed northeastern Japan Friday following an 8.9 magnitude quake.
But tsunami waves reached Hawaii and grazed the US West Coast.
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