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05-03-2006, 10:40 AM
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Quake triggers tsunami warning
New Zealand, Fiji told to be on alert after earthquake off Tonga
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Updated: 12:38 p.m. ET May 3, 2006
A tsunami warning was issued for New Zealand and Fiji Wednesday after an 8.0 earthquake struck near the island nation of Tonga.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued the alert, adding that it was not sure a tsunami had been generated by the large quake.

"This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation," it said in a statement. "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."

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The advisory said that if a tsunami was generated it could strike Fiji within two hours and New Zealand within three.

The quake was centered about 90 miles south of Tonga and 1,340 miles northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.

This report will be updated as information becomes available.

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05-03-2006, 11:03 AM
Local noon news says a Tsunami could strike Fiji in 20 minutes. I don't know the Micronesian translation of 'High Ground, Now! Nothing but Assholes and elbows!' but I bet it's being shouted over there right now. Good luck to 'em.