Residents of Manado’s coastal areas have returned to their normal activities after fleeing the business district to nearby hills and mountainous areas following a tsunami warning issued across North Sulawesi on Friday afternoon.
Shops had re-opened Saturday, having closed on Friday after the tsunami warning was sounded, tempointeraktif.com reported.
Residents had returned to the streets, and traffic jams were reported in some areas, the report said.
Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued on Friday afternoon tsunami warnings for three Indonesian provinces: North Sulawesi, North Maluku and Papua, after the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan, causing major damage and hundreds of fatalities in Japan.
The BMKG lifted the warnings at 10 p.m. on Friday, although tsunami waves were reported to have hit some villages in Papua’s northern coastal areas about an hour earlier, as reported by kompas.com on Saturday morning.