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Pacific tsunami alert triggers panic in Philippines

Hundreds of residents of coastal towns in northern and central Philippines evacuated on Thursday despite official assurances that there was no threat of a tsunami following a major quake in the north Pacific. Entire villages were abandoned as mobile telephone text messages from people warning of 40-foot (12-metre) waves caused panic among villagers after an estimated 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck 1,700 km (1,000 miles) northeast of Tokyo late on Wednesday. Full Story

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