Tsunami warning for Tonga cancelled after 8.2 Mexico earthquake

A Tsunami warning for Tonga has been cancelled.

Tonga Met Service office said the beach and marine threat had now passed.

“Tsunami Marine Warning Cancellation Summary (Only Warnings issued by the Tonga Meteorological Service represent the official warning status for Tonga) Based on tide gauge readings, a tsunami wave of less than 0.1M was recorded at Nuku’alofa Tide gauge at about 08:15am this morning”, the Office said.

“Due to the tsunami wave being less than one foot it is expected that this tsunami no longer poses a threat to Tonga.

“Therefore, the Tsunami Marine Warning previously in force for Tonga is NOW CANCELLED. Ocean currents however around Marine Coastal Areas may be strong and erratic and special caution should be exercised.

This will be the last bulletin issued from the Fua’amotu Tsunami Warning Centre on this event.”

The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 61, officials say.

A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under rubble.

President Enrique Peña Nieto says at least 200 people have been injured.

The 8.1-magnitude quake, which hit late on Thursday, was the strongest to hit the region in a century.

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