Small tsunami waves hit Philippines

MANILA, March 11, 2011 (AFP) - Small tsunami waves hit the Philippines hours after a massive quake struck Japan on Friday, but there were no reports of local damage or casualties, its chief state seismologist said.

"This looks like good news," Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum told a news conference after reporting waves ranging from 30 centimetres (one foot) to one metre (3.3 feet).

The first waves struck the northeast coast of the country's main island of Luzon at 6:00pm (1000 GMT) and the east coast of the large southern island of Mindanao some two hours later, he said.

"We will have to monitor some more until 10:00pm (1400GMT) and see what happens," Solidum said, adding there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.