Tonga: tsunami warning after 7.3-magnitude earthquake

Tonga residents told to move to higher ground amid tsunami warnings after an earthquake in the Polynesian nation

Tonga was hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake, with residents warning of further devastation for this island nation. The 7.3-magnitude earthquake occurred about 128 miles from the capital, Nuku’alofa, with the Tongan government asking residents to reach higher ground due to fears of a possible tsunami as a result.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck a depth of 15.4 miles. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the nearby coasts of Tonga and Niue could be hit by a tsunami as a result of the strong earthquake.

Updated on social media, the Tonga Meteorological Service said, “An urgent tsunami warning is now in effect across Tonga due to the strong earthquake that was felt in the kingdom tonight. Please move indoors immediately so you are advised.” The last tsunami to hit the country was in January 2022, when the Hong Tonga-Hung Hapai volcano erupted, killing more than 100,000 people and destroying the nation’s lines of communication.

This article will continue to be updated with more information.

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