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Tsunami Detection Buoy washed ashore

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/09/2020

A tsunami detection buoy has broken off its mooring on the Tonga Trench and has washed up onshore along the Eastern Coastline of Tongatapu near Niutoua.

The Director of Tonga’s National Meteorological Service – ‘Ofa Fa’anunu says, this pole is important as it warns people in the area of Tsunamis.

Fa’anunu says, this warning system pole had been located at the Tongan trenches for many years and was designed to detect Tsunamis in the area which then gives out a warning.

He adds, the meteorological services are working together with His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Niutoua’s Town Officer and the Police to resolve the issue immediately.

The government is currently working on returning this equipment to the US National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration after they requested its return.

Fa’anunu also urges the public to stay away from the area in which the pole was blown away to, as it contains hydrogen gas and other elements that is harmful to both humans and the environment.

Work is currently being carried out to ensure this equipment is not damaged before it will be returned to the US.

Meanwhile a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory remains inforce for all of Tonga land areas and a strong wind warning for Vava’u, Ha’apai, Tongatapu and ‘Eua land areas.

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