An 8.3 magnitude earthquake hitting the central zone of Chile has generated a tsunami alert for the North and South American Pacific coasts as well as Pacific Island countries including Kiribati.
A statement from the Office of the President has confirmed that the alert for Kiribati is in effect but the risks will be minimal given the projected timings of impact will coincide with low tide.
The Kiribati Meteorological Service (KMS) reports the tsunami will generate waves between 0.3 to 1 metre above sea level however, the impact time will coincide with low tide (0036hrs – 0638hrs) and hence minimal impact is anticipated. The projected timings of impact are as follows:
Kiritimati 1231hrs (UTC)
Kanton 1342hrs (UTC)
Tarawa 1556hrs (UTC)
KMS added that while tsunami impact is categorized low risk, mariners and people along the coasts are urged to take precautionary measures.
Meanwhile, a nation-wide radio announcement was aired noon today for the public’s information.