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Thursday 7 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga remains unprepared for a local tsunami and Nuku'alofa is particularly at risk, Tonga's Director of Meteorology 'Ofa Fa'anunu warned today after this morning's tsunami alert, saying that better community alert systems need to be urgently put in place.
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Thursday 7 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa had a sleepy day today with government schools and the central market closed and few people returning to work, following this morning's tsunami alert and warning for Tonga.
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Thursday 7 July 2011
NOAA Bulletin No. 3
The TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IS NOW CANCELLED FOR TONGA and NEW ZEALAND.
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Wednesday 20 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A magnitude 5.28 earthquake centred close to Tongatapu was felt in Nuku'alofa at 4:09 pm this afternoon, with a sharp upward jolt followed by a brief tremor.
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Wednesday 16 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four significant waves from Japan's tsunami event on March 11 travelled across the Pacific and were felt in Tonga where fluctuating sea levels up to 1.2m were recorded for several hours after a first wave hit Nuku'alofa's tidal gauge at 5:30 am on Saturday.
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Saturday 12 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Tonga at 2:19 pm this afternoon, centred 106 km (65miles) South East of Hihifo, Niuatoputapu.
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Saturday 12 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The people of Niuatoputapu in the north of Tonga fled to higher ground on their small isolated island last night, fearing another tsunami, when a warning was issued around 10 pm after the Japan March 11 earthquake triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami event.
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Saturday 12 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong currents and a swelling of the sea level was observed along the Nuku'alofa foreshore at 8:15 am this morning, over an hour after NOAA recorded a sea level rise of 0.37m or 1.2 feet at Nuku'alofa at 17:51GMT (6:51am local time).
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Saturday 12 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's low-lying Ha'apai islands experienced some coastal flooding early this morning, with police reporting water coming through sea front houses at Pangai but causing no substantial damage, while boat owners reported unusual drops in coastal sea levels at Foa Island.
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Saturday 12 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans are on alert this morning as the estimated time of arrival at 5:00 am of a tsunami wave generated by the Japan earthquake on March 11 has passed. The low tide this morning is at 6:16am.
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Friday 11 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A widespread tsunami warning is in effect for the South Pacific islands, including Tonga, tonight following a magnitude 8.9 earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan this evening. Estimated initial tsunami wave arrival times for Tonga local time 5:05 am Saturday 12 March. Tsunami Bulletin Number 4 issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre NOAA
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Monday 31 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A short sharp earthquake magnitude 5.8 centred 83 km (51 miles) SSW from Nuku'alofa, was felt in the capital this evening at about 7:03 pm, where it shook buildings for a few seconds.
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Wednesday 26 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Wilma hit Tonga's Ha'apai group yesterday morning, January 25, tearing off dozens of rooftops, with reports of houses collapsing and power poles falling, as the centre of the Category 3 cyclone passed over central and southern Ha'apai, moving toward the south west.With photos by Uikelotu Paletu'a.
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Tuesday 25 January 2011
Fua'amotu,Tongatapu,Tonga
As Cyclone Wilma continues to move South-southwest at about 8 knots, the National Weather Forecasting Centre Fua'amotu at 4.35am today, 25 January warned that on this track the cyclone center is expected to lie near 30km south of Vava'u or about 80km north-northeast of Lifuka by around 1pm today.
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Monday 24 January 2011
Fua'amotu ,Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Wilma is expected to bring damaging gale force winds over Niuafo'ou, Niuatoputapu, Vava'u and Ha'apai within the next 24-36hrs. Special Weather Bulletin Number Seven for Tonga on Tropical Cyclone Wilma issued from National Weather Forecasting Centre Fua'amotu at 1:00am Monday 24 January 2011.
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Sunday 23 January 2011
Fua'amotu ,Tonga
Tonga's first tropical cyclone alert for the year is now in force for Niuafo'ou, Niuatoputapu, Vava'u and Ha'apai groups. A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of Tonga. Tropical Cyclone Wilma (Category 1) center was located about 600km northeast of Niuatoputapu or about 850km north northeast of Vava'u at 10:00am on Sunday 24 January. Special Weather Weather Bulletin Number Five for Tonga
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Thursday 4 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Tongan waters at 12:34 this afternoon but it was not felt by residents in the capital Nuku'alofa or in the outer islands of Vava'u and Ha'apai.
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Tuesday 15 June 2010
New Jersey,USA
By Alexander Krivenyshev, World Time Zone. If one follows recent radiocarbon analysis and theory that human habitation of Easter Island actually began around 700-1100 years ago and the giant Moai idols were carved from rock between the years 1100 and 1500. If one considers these facts and overlays the calculated, historical data of total solar eclipses occurring many centuries ago (Xavier M. Jubier, Espenak and Anderson, NASA), it turns out that the July 11, 2010 eclipse may be the first total solar eclipse that the giant Moai statues and inhabitants of the island have ever seen.
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Sunday 28 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tsunami Warning in force for Tonga since 1.15 am this morning was cancelled by the Tonga National Weather Forecasting Centre TNWFC at 12.30 pm today, February 28.
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Sunday 28 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tsunami warning remains in force for Tonga, though its expected arrival time 8.40am has passed, and there is a sense of optimism that the tsunami may have weakened its power by the time it reaches Tonga. Meanwhile, hundreds of Tongan families headed for higher ground at dawn this morning, with many choosing the grounds of the king's villa and the surrounding areas at Mata-ki-'Eua.
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