ALERT| TSUNAMI HITS PACIFIC ISLANDS


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A massive earthquake struck the South Pacific on Wednesday morning, according to officials, generating a possible destructive tsunami that struck at least one island. Tsunami warnings remain in effect, but there was no immediate word on possible damage or casualties from either the earthquake or the tsunami.

The earthquake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 to 8.3, struck 127 miles south-southwest of Apia, Samoa and about 139 miles southwest of Pago Pago on American Samoa. The tremor, which struck at 6.45 a.m. local time, had a depth of about 30 miles, making it a fairly shallow earthquake. Shallow earthquakes often tend to cause more damage, and increase the risk of a destructive earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center immediately issued a tsunami warning for American Samoa, Samoa, Niue, Wallis-Futuna, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Kermadec Islands, Fiji, Howland-Baker, Jarvis Island, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Palmyra Island. Later, tsunami warnings were also issued for Palmyra Island, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Island and the Solomon Islands.

A tsunami watch is also in effect for Johnston Island, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Papua New Guinea, Pohnpei, Wake Island, Pitcairn, Midway Island, Chuuk and Australia.

Although the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a watch for Australia, the Join Australian Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat to the country or its islands.

A spokeswoman for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told BNO News that a 13.1 foot (4 meter) tsunami had hit the harbor of Pago Pago on American Samoa, but said she had no information about possible casualties.

“Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter. An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii,” a bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center read.

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck nearly 30 minutes after the initial quake, at 7.15 a.m. local time. A spokesman for the United States Geological Survey warned that more strong aftershocks should be expected.

Tsunami Warnings remain in effect for:

  • American Samoa
  • Samoa
  • Niue
  • Wallis-futuna
  • Tokelau
  • Cook Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Kiribati
  • Kermadec Island
  • Fiji
  • Howland-Baker
  • Jarvis Island
  • New Zealand
  • Fr. Polynesia
  • Palmyra Island

Tsunami Watch issued for:

  • Vanuatu
  • Nauru
  • Marshall Island
  • Solomon Islands
  • Johnston Island
  • New Caledonia
  • Kosrae
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Hawaii
  • Pohnpei
  • Wake Island
  • Pitcairn
  • Midway Islands

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE

A witness told Radio New Zealand that villages on the south-east coast of Samoa’s Upolu had been flattened by the earthquake and that police were moving people to higher ground. It also said that a 10 foot (3 meter) tsunami struck its coast, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was not immediately able to confirm that.

Shaking near the epicenter reportedly lasted up to three minutes.

A number of aftershocks also hit the area after the initial earthquake. “We are seeing a lot of activity in the area,” a spokesman for the United States Geological Survey said, who also warned that more stronger aftershocks should be expected. So far, three moderate earthquakes have been recorded with preliminary magnitudes of 5.6, 5.6 and 5.8.

American Samoa, I Tweeted The Picture Using Livestation

American Samoa, I Tweeted The Picture Using Livestation

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE 2:

Aljazeera English & The City & My Life Have Just Confirmed That on The Island Of American Samoa That According to Local Radio, 14 People Have Died, While On Samoa 3 People Have Lost Their Lives.

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE 3:

All tsunami warnings and watches canceled after tsunamis kill scores of people in the Pacific Ocean.

Tsunami Watches That Are Still In Effect:

  • Vanuatu
  • Nauru
  • Marshall Island
  • Solomon Islands
  • Johnston Island
  • New Caledonia
  • Kosrae
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Hawaii (Still In Effect)
  • Pohnpei
  • Wake Island
  • Pitcairn
  • Midway Islands

Tsunami Warnings That Were Suspended:

  • American Samoa
  • Samoa
  • Niue
  • Wallis-futuna
  • Tokelau
  • Cook Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Kiribati
  • Kermadec Island
  • Fiji
  • Howland-Baker
  • Jarvis Island
  • New Zealand(Still In Effect)
  • Fr. Polynesia
  • Palmyra Island
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6 thoughts on “ALERT| TSUNAMI HITS PACIFIC ISLANDS

  1. Good day The City and My Life,

    I am living in Kiribati and just want to know further about this tremor….when did this started as we have already noticed some strong waves lately and how long will it be. If it is getting worst, could you please advice how worse?

    Thanks

    • Nanta,
      thank you for writing Me and i now have updates on this story:
      More samoans Have been mover to higher ground. The tremor, which struck at 6.45 a.m. local time, had a depth of about 30 miles, making it a fairly shallow earthquake. Shallow earthquakes often tend to cause more damage, and increase the risk of a destructive earthquake.
      Stay With the City & My Life For More Updates
      -Andy S, The Editor

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