Tsunami alert after 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Tonga region, there may be a big stir in the sea1 min read
Tonga. The Tonga government issued a tsunami alert on Friday, asking residents to move to higher places. Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands. The Tonga government issued a tsunami warning on Friday after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the sea about 207 km (128 miles) from its capital.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake, at a depth of 24.8 km (15.4 mi), struck the sea about 207 km (128.6 mi) southeast of Nayafu. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), a tsunami advisory was also issued for American Samoa. It said dangerous tsunami waves from the quake are possible along the coasts of Niue and Tonga within 300 km of the quake’s epicenter. At the same time, Tonga’s weather service warned residents to move inland.
Panicked citizens ran towards higher places, jammed everywhere
After the government announcement, citizens in Tonga witnessed panic and started moving towards higher places. There was a jam at many places due to the competition of many vehicles coming and going first on the roads. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), a tsunami advisory was also issued for American Samoa on Friday morning. Dangerous tsunami waves are possible from earthquakes within 186 miles of the epicenter. This could affect the coasts of Tonga, Niue and American Samoa.
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Tags: Earthquake, Tsunami
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 11, 2022, 18:23 IST