After a major quake rocked the southern Pacific Ocean, all tsunami warnings issued have been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center informed. A quake measuring about 8.0 in magnitude shook the region, and it is followed by issuing of alerts for the southwestern Pacific Islands.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake that struck in Tonga Thursday at 4:26 a.m was about 153 kilometers (95 miles) off the coast.
It was “a major, major shaker… We felt it. We felt it huge”.
It came as a reaction of an American tourist in Tonga’s capital, Nukualofa, Paula Chipman. According to her, it was impossible to assess the damage on the island as it was still dark.
The warning was issued “based only on the earthquake evaluation”, the USGS informed.
Via: CNN News