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Tsunami alert in effect for Fiji

January 16, 2022 6:00 am

A tsunami alert is now in effect for the Fiji Group.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says all residents in low-lying coastal areas in Fiji are to stay away from the shorelines due to strong currents and dangerous waves.

“If you need to move to higher ground please do so. Some evacuation centers are being opened up. We are also monitoring our air quality. As a matter of precaution please cover all household water tanks and stay indoors in the event of rain due to the risk of rainfall becoming acidic”

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The Department of Mineral Resources sounded this warning following the volcanic eruptions in Tonga yesterday.

This warning comes after Permanent Secretary for Mineral Resources, Raijeli Taga had confirmed to FBC News that there was no tsunami warning for Fiji following the volcanic eruption.

This has changed with the mineral resources department now putting Fiji on a tsunami alert.

The Department says it will continue to monitor the situation as it continues to develop.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum shared that Fiji is praying for our Tongan sisters and brothers who are beset by tsunami waves and airborne ash stemming from another volcanic eruption.

Sayed-Khiayum says authorities are also monitoring our air quality and as a matter of precaution, Fijians are being urged to cover all household water tanks and stay indoors in the event of rain due to the risk of sulfuric acid.

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