U.S. appears to have escaped major tsunami damage: Daley

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 11:19 AM
U.S. appears to have escaped major tsunami damage: Daley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States appears to be out of major danger from a tsunami caused by an earthquake near Japan, White House chief of staff Bill Daley said on Friday.

"The tsunami wave has gone through Hawaii and there does not seem to be any enormous impact, which is extremely encouraging," Daley said at a meeting of the President's Export Council.

There is still some risk to the U.S. West Coast, "but I think the enormous fears that that were there hours ago, for some of us hours ago, has diminished greatly, which is quite a relief for all of us," Daley said.

(Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Doina Chiacu)