Taiwan on tsunami alert after Japan quake

Taipei (ANTARA News /AFP) - Taiwan`s central weather bureau on Friday warned people living on the island`s east and northeast coasts to be on guard for tsunamis set off by a major quake off Japan.

Waves are expected to reach Hualien and Taitung on the island`s east coast around 0930 GMT and the northeastern port of Keelung half an hour later, the bureau said.

"We urge residents in coastal areas to be on their guard and take precaution while we continue to monitor the development of tsunamis," it said in a statement.