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The day in numbers: 40

By Sunaina Gulati for CNN
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Waves of no higher than 40 centimeters washed up on some eastern Pacific coastal areas of Japan, less than a quarter of the size predicted by Japan's Meteorological Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

8.3: The magnitude of the earthquake on the Richter scale that struck an area near the northern coast of Japan.

390: The number of kilometers east of the town of Iturup, known as Etorofu in Japan -- the exact location of the quake.

1000's: The number of people who fled the coastline for higher ground as other communities along Hokkaido's northeastern shore spent several tense hours bracing for larger waves.

2: The number of meters high that the Tsunami was predicted to rise before it hit land.

20: The fire trucks and cars that were dispatched to instruct coastal residents to evacuate to higher ground.

1,700: The distance in kilometers from the epicenter of the quake to the capital city, Tokyo.

12: The height of the waves in meters predicted to hit the coastal towns in northern and central Philippines as hundreds of residents fled on receiving mobile phone text messages.

2: The number of docks that were damaged as several boats were tossed onto dry land after surging tides caused by the earthquake crashed into a northern California coastal town.

1993: The year when a quake off Hokkaido triggered a tsunami measuring 30 meters tall on Okushiri Island, flattening homes there within minutes. More than 200 people died in the waves, and in fires caused by the quake.

229,866: The number of people who died or went missing following the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 according to the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.


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