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03-19-2009, 04:21 PM

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Tonga and neighboring islands, and reported that sea level readings have confirmed that a potentially destructive tsunami wave was generated by the quake.

03-19-2009, 04:26 PM
I read the article but still didn't quite understand what neighboring islands would be affected. Would the warning include the islands of Hawaii?

03-19-2009, 05:28 PM
A worldwide quake map:


Red circles = today's quakes
Big circles = big quakes

03-19-2009, 05:55 PM
Is it related to the volcano eruption? Good video at the below link:


Buzz Mills
03-19-2009, 06:29 PM
Is it related to the volcano eruption? Good video at the below link:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29769097?GT1=43001Yes, i think they are speaking of the ongoing, undersea, volcanic eruption. there may be enough force, at any given time, to generate a tsunami.

My mistake:

A strong 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Friday near Tonga, generating a tsunami with the potential of striking coastlines in the South Pacific, officials said. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake struck about 130 miles south-southeast of the Tongan capital of Nuku'Alofa at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.