UPDATED: Tonga Met confirmed that a small tsunami wave of of 0.05m (0.2ft) was monitored at a Nuku'alofa tidal gauge at local time 10:29am (UTC 2129). The Niutoputapu tidal gauge also recorded 0.05m at 11:30am, following a series of severe earthquakes in the Kermadec Fault this morning. Waves generated by the earthquakes are being recorded in other Pacific Islands, with over half a metre at Norfolk Island.
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Friday 5 March 2021
Sunday 16 June 2019
There is no tsunami threat from an earthquake 7.1m in the Kermadec Island this morning Sunday 16 June 2019. Small tsunami waves were recorded at Raoul Island sea level gauges this afternoon. Minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake over the next few hours, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Ewa Beach Hawaii advised at 2352 UTC (12:52 pm Tonga time). Tonga Met has cancelled the tsunami warning at 2:28pm.
Friday 8 September 2017
A tsunami generated by a big Magnitude 8.1 earthquake off the coast of Mexico this evening is being projected toward the Pacific Islands. "The main beam is toward our area," said 'Ofa Fa'anunu tonight, after the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) activated a Tsunami Marine Warning, with a wave expected to reach Tonga at around 6:15am tomorrow morning (Saturday). Tonga is being "just cautious," said 'Ofa. "We are expecting less than one metre. It may be over one foot in Tonga but the tsunami warming centre is giving 1M for Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand."
Saturday 18 February 2017
Tonga Met’s tsunami warning drill raised concerns on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, when they sent out a real tsunami warning by email.
Monday 24 August 2015
Tsunamis pose a danger to Tonga's coastal communities and early warning of a severe tsunami event and appropriate response by the public, will be critical to saving lives. A one-week training workshop for first responders started on Monday, 24 August aims to improve the early warning system, procedures and response in Tonga.
Wednesday 22 July 2015
Tonga's tsunami warning system is inadequate to respond to a tsunami that might be generated by a local earthquake, Tonga’s Director of Meteorology, Ofa Fa’anunu told the plenary at the Third Pacific Meteorological Council in Nuku'alofa today.