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.”