The government of Tonga issued this Friday tsunami warning after a earthquake magnitude 7.3 that occurred in the sea some 200 kilometers from the capital, prompting residents to move inland to higher ground.
The earthquake had a depth of 24.8 kilometers and occurred in the sea about 207 kilometers east of southeastern Neiafuaccording to him United States Geological Survey (USGS).
A tsunami warning was also issued for American Samoa, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centerindicating that dangerous tsunami waves are possible within a radius of 300 kilometers from the epicenter, along the coasts of Niue and Tonga.
In turn, the US authorities declared a tsunami alert in multiple territories of the Pacific Ocean and indicated that they could register sea level rise over the next few hours, for which he recommended that the population stay away from the coast and the ports.
The US Tsunami Warning Center also confirmed that the quake unleashed high-rise waves that pose a threat to American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Wallis and Futuna.
The Tonga weather service asked residents to move inland.
“An urgent tsunami warning is in effect for all of Tonga due to a strong earthquake being felt in the kingdom tonight. Please move indoors immediately until advised,” she said on his Facebook page.
for now There is no record of fatalities or injuries.
In January, the eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano triggered a tsunami that destroyed towns and resorts and left this South Pacific nation of some 105,000 without communications. At least three people died.
(With information from Reuters and Europa Press)