Four Tsunami Alerts Issued in Fiji before Cancellation
    2011-03-12 06:33:29     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang
 
There were 4 tsunami alerts issued in Fiji following an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Japan before its cancellation early Saturday morning.

The tsunami alerts were issued by the Fiji Information Ministry through its media release in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Office, or the Fiji Seismological Data Center, the seismology section at the Department of Mineral Resources.

"Tsunami waves cannot be predicted and can vary differently in size along different coast lines. So be alert and move to higher grounds," says the first alert at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, indicating that the first Tsunami wave may arrive around 3:30 am on Saturday.

Throughout the night Fiji citizens were urged to be on alert or move to higher ground in case something drastic occurred.

The Fiji Police Force has thanked all those who took heed of their warnings to move to higher grounds immediately after the tsunami alert was issued in the evening.

According to police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri, they mobilized their officers and issued various alerts and messages for people living close to the coast to move to higher grounds.

"We would like to thank members of the community who took the initiative to move to higher ground last night even though the call to move to higher ground was made in the night and this shows that people are taking advises seriously," said the spokesperson.

On Saturday morning, 0.3m waves hit Lautoka in Fiji's western division while the capital Suva experienced 0.1m waves.

Afterwards, Fiji's National Disaster Management Office canceled the alert at 5.10 a.m. and extended their sincere gratitude to members of the public who responded positively to the advice as soon as the alert was issued.
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