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Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Advisory — Am Samoa move away from the water immediately


Honolulu, HAWAII — The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu issued the following advisory shortly before 9a.m. this morning for American Samoa:

The sea level readings at Pago Pago harbor registered a wave with an amplitude of 36 cm, exceeding advisory level of 30 cm.

This might be from another explosion of the Tonga volcano.   There are no known earthquakes of significant size to generate this wave.


Persons in or near the ocean along the coasts of all of American Samoa should move immediately out of the water and  away from beaches and harbors.
Do not return to evacuated areas until the all clear is given by local authorities. Follow any instructions from government agencies.

Samoa News is standing by to inform the public of any further updates from the local Homeland Security or the National Weather Service Pago Pago.


* sea level fluctuations that are generally no more than 3 feet above and below the tide level.    

* minor flooding of beach and harbor areas.    

* strong and unusual ocean currents in harbors, bays and other near shore waters.    

* the hazard began around 957 am sst on Sunday, Jan 16 and it can persist for many hours or longer.


In the meantime, The National Weather Service, Pago Pago issued the following:

TSUNAMI ADVISORY is now in effect for American Samoa. Strong currents or dangerous waves to those in or very near the water is expected.

Please be advised that a Tsunami Advisory is a marine threat only. Strong currents and dangerous wave in or near the coastal waters are expected.

Please stay of the water and away from the shore.

The Weather Service also stated further information about this event may be found at

Likewise the Dept. of Homeland Security through the Emergency Operations Center at 9:30 a.m. issued a statement advising that a tsunami advisory is now in effect for American Samoa and the public is advised to stay away from the ocean due to strong rip currents.