Tsunami 'seen' after Pacific quake

People in Samoa flee to higher ground after earthquake causes tsunami, officials say.

    The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the 8.3 magnitude temblor was 204km southwest of Apia at a depth of 85km.

    A tsunami warning was issued for Niue Island, the Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Tokelau atolls, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Kermadec Islands, the Baker and Howland Islands, Jarvis Island, French Polynesia, the Palmyra Islands as well as Samoa and American Samoa.

    "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," a statement from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

    "Authorities should take appropriate action in response to this possibility," the statement said.

    However, there was no immediate word of any casualties or damage from the quake or the tsunami.

    Keni Lesa, a resident of Apia, told the AFP news agency: "I'm taking my family to a safe place. Everyone's getting out of coastal areas."

    But he said that there was no panic as "we have done a lot of training for this".

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?

    Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?

    The consequences of a nuclear war would extend far beyond the blast itself, killing millions of people across the globe.

    Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice?

    Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice?

    K-pop fans are using the same social media tactics they employ to support music stars for social justice activism.

    Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

    Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

    What will the maps of Palestine and Israel look like if Israel illegally annexes the Jordan Valley on July 1?