11 Mar 2011

French Polynesia's Marquesas expect tsunami

11:37 pm on 11 March 2011

The French high commission in French Polynesia has warned that the Marquesas islands may expect to feel significant effects of the earthquake off Japan.

It says the first waves are expected to arrive after seven in the morning local time.

It says the other island groups of French Polynesia, including Tahiti, are unlikely to feel any effect.

No official alert has been issued but people are advised to stay away from the beaches.