Tsunami Warning in the South Pacific

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News on the wire from Rick is that a tsunami warning was issued for the South Pacific after a 7.9 earthquake registered about 209km (130 miles) south-east of Tonga.  The first report from the U.S. National Weather Service’s Pacific tsunami center is that “Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami was generated. This tsunami may have been destructive along coastlines of the region near the earthquake epicenter.” However according to the BBC, “…there are no immediate reports of damage.”

UPDATE FROM THE USNWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI CENTER

... TSUNAMI WARNING CANCELLATION ...

THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND/OR WATCH ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER IS NOW CANCELLED FOR

 TONGA / NIUE / KERMADEC IS / AMERICAN SAMOA / SAMOA /
 WALLIS-FUTUNA / FIJI
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