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Tsunami Warning Sends People to High Ground in French Polynesia

People took to higher ground on the French Polynesian island of Mo’orea on Friday, March 5, after a series of earthquakes led to tsunami warnings across the Pacific.

An 8.1-magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec Islands was the strongest of three large quakes recorded in the region on March 4.

Sea levels were expected to rise by a meter above mean sea level in French Polynesia, the US Tsunami Warning System said.

The tsunami warning for French Polynesia was lifted on Friday, March 5, AFP reported. Credit: Ber Banoviez via Storyful