[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/WORLD/americas/02/27/chile.quake.hawaii/story.car.buried.afp.gi.jpg caption="An 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile set off tsunami waves expected to hit Hawaii later Saturday." width=300 height=169]
Tens of thousands of residents began evacuating from coastal Japan on Sunday in anticipation of a possible tsunami following the 8.8-magnitude quake that rocked Chile the day before, CNN's Kyung Lah reported.
The northern part of the main island is looking at the possibility of a tsunami more than 9 feet high, she said. Rail service has been halted and residents have been urged to evacuate low-lying areas of the island nation.
The warning primarily affected fishing areas and tourist areas; major cities like Tokyo, which is inland, were not affected.
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