The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has lifted a tsunami warning for Guam, where no damage has been reported from the earthquake-spawned waves.
Evacuations notices for visitors and residents in low-lying areas were also lifted Friday, but officials say public beaches will remain closed until they can be checked for damage after daybreak. Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo says all roads have been reopened.
A statement from Gov. Calvo’s office says the Pacific Ocean island was “blessed” that it was not affected by the tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake in Japan.
Australia was not in danger because it was protected by island nations to the north, including Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, that would largely absorb any wave activity, said Chris Ryan, a forecaster at the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre, the Australian government agency that monitors the threat.