Tsunami alert cancelled for Tonga

Tonga lifted its tsunami warning this morning Friday 18 at 2.45am hours after the 8.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile had led to fears of massive swells.

Tonga Met Services said: “Due to the tsunami wave being less than 1 foot it is expected that this tsunami no longer poses a threat to Tonga. Therefore the Tsunami Marine Warning previously in force for Tonga is now cancelled.

“Ocean currents however around Marine Coastal Areas may still be strong and erratic and special caution should be exercised”.

The Pacific Warning Centre in Hawaii said the tsunami alert has now largely passed and its impact was “minor” as it fluctuated up to 0.3 metres and below normal tides.

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