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Tsunami alert for Fiji after Chile earthquake

A tsunami warning has been issued for Fiji’s coastal areas, but authorities advise ‘no immediate action and movement to be taken as of now’. 9pm update:  It is possible that tsunami waves of between 0.5 and 2 metres may affect Fiji later tonight. The expected arrival times at nearby locations are: Apia – 12.40am Fiji time tomorrow […]

Zion Navin

September 17, 2015 1:02 pm

A tsunami warning has been issued for Fiji’s coastal areas, but authorities advise ‘no immediate action and movement to be taken as of now’.

9pm update:  It is possible that tsunami waves of between 0.5 and 2 metres may affect Fiji later tonight.

The expected arrival times at nearby locations are:

  • Apia – 12.40am Fiji time tomorrow morning.
  • Nuku’alofa – 12.19am Fiji time tomorrow morning.
  • Suva – 1.39am Fiji time tomorrow morning.
  • Tanna (Vanuatu) – 2.14am Fiji time tomorrow morning.

Easter Island reported a tsunami wave of 0.83m or 2.7 feet.  It is likely waves affecting Fiji will be significantly smaller than this.

6pm update: The Mineral Resources Department of Fiji advises tsunami waves between 30 centimetres to 1 metre could be generated at around midnight tonight.  Please note that this is only a tsunami advisory, not a warning.  No immediate action is required at this stage.

The Mineral Resources Department, Seismology section issued a tsunami watch and advisory a short time ago, warning residents in those areas to be on watch and get updates through the media for the next available updates.

It advises members of the public to be on watch as the expected arrival time of first wave would be around midnight tonight.

“No immediate action and movement to be taken as of now.”

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The powerful quake, initially measured at 7.9 magnitude, rocked Chile’s capital city, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

A Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advisory states that a tsunami has been generated with waves reaching to three metres and above on coastal areas of Chile.

Chilean media is quoting one person has died.

Tsunami alarms rang out in the port of Valparaiso and authorities have issued a tsunami warning for the entire coast of the country.

The Chilean government has ordered the evacuation of some coastal areas, CNN reports.

Chile Interior Minister Jorge Burgos said that the evacuation of coastal towns and cities was ordered as a precautionary measure.

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