Chile warns of possible "minor tsunami" on Easter Island after eruption in Tonga

The National Emergency Office (Onemi) of Chile warned this Saturday about the possibility of a “minor tsunami” reaching Easter Island after the one caused by the eruption of a volcano in Tonga.

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“Remember! that due to the State of Precaution for the Juan Fernández Archipelago, the San Félix, Easter and Chilean Antarctic Islands due to a volcano eruption in Tonga, it is requested to leave the beach area in the face of the possibility of a minor tsunami in these sectors,” Onemi said through of social networks.

“As a precaution, LEAVE THE BEACH AREA, due to a minor tsunami, on Easter Island”, was the emergency message that reached all the inhabitants of the island, located 3,300 km west of the Chilean coast, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Geoscientific Network of Chile stressed that the tsunami that would reach the Polynesian island would reach a maximum of 30 centimeters.

The inhabitants of the Tonga islands fled this Saturday towards the heights before the tsunami close to 1.2 meters caused by a new eruption -heard hundreds of kilometers away- of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano.

The eruption lasted eight minutes, and was so strong it was heard “like distant thunder” in the Fiji Islands, more than 800 km away, Fiji officials said.

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