Tsunami warning false says Met Office

The Dominica Meteorological Service has said that social media postings that Dominica is under a tsunami alert are false.

On Monday morning, postings on Facebook and messages on WhatsApp show that Dominica and several countries in the Caribbean were under a tsunami alert following a massive 7.9 earthquake in Costa Rica.

Dominica News Online received several queries from readers on the matter and the Met Office was contacted for an official statement.

The Met Office said the reports are false and a hoax and there is information on its webpage concerning the island being affected by large waves and a High Surf Advisory and Small Craft Warning was in effect for Dominica.

The Antigua Met Office has also dismissed the reports as a hoax.

Below is an advisory from the Dominica Meteorological Service.

Large swells propagating southwards from a deep-layered low-pressure system in the north Atlantic will start to affect the north-eastern Caribbean starting on Sunday, 4th March, 2018.

As a consequence, northerly to north-westerly swells of at least 3.0 to 4.5m (10 to 15 ft) will start to affect the coastal waters, particularly the northern, north-western and western coastlines around Dominica on Sunday into early Monday. This activity is expected to persist into Wednesday and will become even more adverse at times of high tide.

As a consequence, a HIGH-SURF ADVISORY and SMALL-CRAFT WARNING will be in effect for Dominica from 6:00 a.m. Sunday, 4th March through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 7th March, 2018.

Large waves and dangerous rip-currents can be expected mainly along the western, northern and north-east coasts of Dominica which will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators. Sea-bathers are advised to stay out of the water.

A Small-Craft Warning means in this case that seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are expected to the marine area.

A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

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9 Comments

  1. sierra
    March 15, 2018

    we need a good shaking up; seems like maria wasn’t enough SMH

  2. i am dominica
    March 6, 2018

    The news report was not a hoax, it was just very outdated. It is a real article from 2012 that people are circulating. People need to check that the information they are forwarding is not stale news.

  3. Beauboi
    March 6, 2018

    lol. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  4. Channel 1
    March 5, 2018

    One thing, ‘somebody’ out there definitely knows how to exploit social media(propaganda) to fool the gullible masses.

    Stay tuned for the next social media trickery stunt on the easily deceived multitudes.

  5. Man bites dogs
    March 5, 2018

    WHO are these idiots brainless donkeys putting on social media such nasty and wicked false alarm Tsunami on its way, but having said that i recognise this is the work of workers idiotic party supporters :twisted:

    • Ibo France
      March 6, 2018

      You, Mr. Dog Biter, has to be a demonically troubled individual. You are surely in your third trimester, pregnant with hate, anger, animosity and nonsense. Your heart has to be overly dark, your soul chronically ill , and your mind severely warped. You asked, “Who are these idiotic, brainless donkeys……” I would direct you to look in your mirror and there you would find the biggest donkey of all. Your statements are so moronic, it appears as if you have had mental castration. Worthless human monstrosity!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 7, 2018

      Man bite Dog, you almost earn a thumbs up from me if only you had not blame UWP supporters with the venom you spewed. Commonsense should dictate to you that in the event a Tsunami was on its way to Dominica, it would first cause some damage in the place of its origin.

      Sometimes we can make a fool of ourselves when we argue what we do not know: Costa Rica is geographically located between El Salvador and Panama, with Honduras, and Nicaragua on the Caribbean sea side.

      If you ever had geography you would understand before such waves get to Dominica, or the Caribbean for that matter; they would have to cause damage in the countries I mentioned in addition to perhaps Guatemala and Mexico!

      If you do not believe me get a map of the world and concentrate you study on North and South America, and the Caribbean! When we do not know better we believe anything, even the nonsense we conceive in our own mind!

    • The one and Only
      March 7, 2018

      That’s right! Anything thst goes wrong in Dominican blame the UWP.

  6. Peace
    March 5, 2018

    Thank you DNO. I got the message this morning and was concerned.

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