Tsunami warning for Tonga after powerful earthquake hit Mexico

Tonga Met Service has issued a tsunami warning following an 8.2 quake that rocked Mexico this evening.

It was the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in 32 years and sparked widespread panic.

“It was so strong that it could be felt significantly in Mexico City, 650 miles away from the epicentre and caused a 2.3ft tsunami. In Salina Cruz another tsunami wave measuring 3.3ft was recorded”, International media reports said.

Six people have been killed including two children.

“Based on preliminary earthquake information above, tide gauge readings and advise from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC), a tsunami wave of up to 1M is expected to arrive at Tonga’s coastline at about 6:15am tomorrow”, Tonga Met service said.

“Public are warned to keep away from marine coastal areas and beaches. Marine Coastal Areas means 30km from the shoreline high tide mark or any reef out to open sea.

The next bulletin will be issued as soon as new information is received.”

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  1. ‘Oku ‘oatu ha Fakatokanga ki ha peaukula ki he ngaahi ‘ēlia matāfanga (pe matātahi) kotoa pe ‘o e ‘otu Tongá ni.

    Kuo mahino eni kuo ‘i ai e peaukula kuo fakatupu ‘e he mofuike 8.2 ne hoko ‘i he matāfanga ‘o Mexico ‘i he houa efiafi ‘o e ‘aho ní he taimi 5:49pm.

    Ko e peau kula ko ení ‘okú ne fononga fakahihifo mai mei Mexico ‘o mafola mai ki he Pasifiki.

    ‘Oku fakafuofua ko e māʻolunga ‘o e peau ‘e ala ke a’u mai ki Tonga ní ‘e ‘i he vaha’a ‘o e fute ʻe 1 ki he mita, pea ʻe a’u mai ki he potu tahi ‘o Tonga ní ‘i he 6:15am ‘apongipongi pe ofi ki ai.

    ‘Oku ‘oatu ‘a e fakatokanga ki he kakai ‘o e fonuá ke mou fakamamaʻo mei he ngaahi ‘ēlia matāfangá, ngaahi matātahí mo e ngaahi hakaú he ‘e malava ke ngaungaue ‘a e tahí pea mālohi e fetaafeaki ‘a e ‘aú.

    Ko e fakamata sunami hokó ‘e ‘oatu ia ‘o ka toe ai ha liliu.

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