Tsunami warning after South Pacific earthquake
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific on Friday, triggering tsunami warnings for a number of Pacific island countries.
Waves as high as three feet could hit Vanuatu, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tsunami warning system has reported. Authorities in Vanuatu, an island nation of around 300,000 people, have urged people living in coastal areas to move to higher ground.
The earthquake hit the southeast of the Loyalty Islands in the French territory of New Caledonia around 2 p.m. local time on Friday.
The US agency has issued a tsunami warning for coasts within 600 miles of the earthquake’s epicenter, including Vanuatu. He said waves up to a foot could hit the coasts of New Caledonia, as well as Fiji, Kiribati, Australia and New Zealand.
The agency initially said waves of up to 10 feet were possible for Vanuatu and up to three feet for other countries in the region, but later scaled back its estimates.
New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency said he expected the country’s coastal areas to experience “unusual strong currents and unpredictable shoreline surges” and urged residents of his northeast coast to stay away from beaches, harbors and rivers .
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