Tonga. Tonga’s government issued a tsunami warning on Friday, asking residents to move to higher places. Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of over 170 islands in the South Pacific. Tonga’s government issued a tsunami warning on Friday after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the sea about 207 km (128 miles) from its capital.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake, at a depth of 24.8 km (15.4 mi), hit the sea about 207 km (128.6 mi) southeast of Nayafu . According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), a tsunami advisory has also been issued for American Samoa. He 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, the Tonga Meteorological Service warned residents to move inland.
Panicked citizens ran to higher places, stuck everywhere
After the government announcement, the citizens of Tonga witnessed panic and started moving to higher places. There was a traffic jam in 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.
Tags: earthquake, Tsunami
FIRST POST: November 11, 2022, 6:23 p.m. HST