Is there a Tsunami round the corner - Major earthquake rocks Tonga?

March 20th, 2009 - 3:58 pm ICT by GD  

An undersea volcano in Tonga is sending out volumes of smoke & ash thousands of feet in to the air. A series of earthquakes rocked Tonga, a 170 island archipelago between Australia and Tahiti. The earthquake was measured at a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale on Friday. A 5.2 magnitude after shock was also recorded 2 hours prior to the initial quake.

The sudden volcanic eruptions followed by the earthquake prompted the local authorities to issue a Tsunami alert for Tonga and neighboring islands. Tonga and the adjoining islands are a part of the “ring of fire”, an arc of volcanic and earthquake prone islands in the pacific.

The earthquake which struck at 7.17 am lay centered 210 Kms south – southeast of the Tongan capital “Nuku’alofa”. No major damage of loss or property was reported and people were seen roaming the streets. The press also reported that the “Tsunami warning” was not being taken seriously by the residents.

The plume of smoke form the volcanic eruptions rose to between 15,000 to 25,000 feet. Geologists have classified this as a very significant volcanic eruption. However, there is no significant data to relate volcanic eruptions to earthquakes.

Based on the events in Tonga, a Hawaiian based Tsunami warning center has issued an alert stating that some coastal areas in Hawaii could also experience high tide at sea for several hours.

Well is there a major Tsunami on the way, god knows? Mother Nature would finally have the last say on this. Another reminder for mankind to respect and preserve nature or face the consequences.

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