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USGS Issues Tsunami Warning as 7.7 Magnitude Quake Hits South Pacific

The warning is issued for nearby nations, including Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati and the northern tip of New Zealand

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UNITED STATES: The US Geological Survey (USGS) issued a tsunami warning for nearby nations, including Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati and the northern tip of New Zealand. Besides this, an earth-shattering 7.7 magnitude earthquake quivered the South Pacific.

Tsunami alert tightens grip after earthquake hits South Pacific

The United States Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning for the South Pacific on Friday, almost three hours after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake impacted the region.

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The survey issued a triggering tsunami alert for coasts located within 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) of the focal point, which is between Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

As per the warning, the waves could jump up to one metre, possibly in Vanuatu, while waves may fluctuate up to 0.3 metres above the tides in Fiji, New Caledonia and Kiribati. However, smaller waves are expected in Papua New Guinea, Guam and other Pacific islands. 

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Apart from this, New Zealand’s civil defence agency issued a curriculum that the nation’s coastal areas are about to experience strong and unusual currents and strong surges at the shore. 

Thus, the official Twitter handle of New South Wales state emergency service (SES) also alerted the citizens.

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It tweeted, “The NSW SES has issued an emergency warning for Lord Howe Island. It may be impacted by dangerous rips, waves and strong ocean currents, with the possibility of overflow onto the foreshore.”

SES state duty commander, assistant commissioner Nicole Hogan, made an urgent precaution for people to avoid the immediate water’s edge. 

As per the USGS,  “The South Pacific is one of the most seismically active areas of the world because of high rates of convergence of the Australia and Pacific tectonic plates that are constantly pushing against each other.”

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