A Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected after a strong earthquake near Tonga this morning.
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck at 8:54 a.m. Hawaii time about 214 miles northeast of Nukualofa, Tonga and 370miles south of Apia, Samoa at a depth of 6.2 miles.
via No tsunami expected after strong earthquake near Tonga – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Tonga’s government has produced a “National Tsunami Plan”, outlining its strategy of protecting Tongans from a tsunami disaster.
Tonga’s tsunami risk is rated as “extreme” and the plan details preparations for a tsunami and lists arrangements for an effective warning system, emergency response and recovery.
via Tsunami plan calls for early warning system for Tonga – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.
A new computer model has been developed to help Tonga prepare for the effect a tsunami would have on the capital, Nuku’alofa.The model, developed by the Secretariat for the Pacific Community, shows that an 8.7 earthquake in the Tonga Trench would create a wave that would inundate most of the kingdoms only city.The Director of the Tonga National Emergency Management Office, Leveni Aho, told Jamie Tahana the models give the government a clearer picture of how to prepare the city for a major earthquake and tsunami.
via Computer model highlight tsunami threat in Tonga.