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Tsunami warning in the Pacific

September 29, 2009

A warning was released an hour or so ago, after an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck 20 miles below the surface, 120 S-W of the Samoa islands.

The warning is for  American Samoa, New Zealand and other Pacific islands such as Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands. As yet there are no details of when or how severe any tsunami might be.

Looking at a map, it would have to be pretty severe to pose much of a threat to New Zealand’s northern-most coastal areas.

22:20 BST

According  to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre , the long distance warning has been withdrawn. A 1.6m wave was detected at one island site but, it seems, the worst is over.

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