PEOPLE should always be alert for possible tsunamis when they feel an earthquake.
This was the message from Mineral Resources Department director Malakai Finau following the earthquake that struck Fiji at 7:14pm on Sunday.
He said in local events such as the one on Sunday, very little time was available for his team to alert the public on how big the earthquake was and of possible tsunamis.
"There are two major categories of tsunamis based on origin, one which occurs outside of Fiji waters and tsunamis that are generated within Fiji waters," Mr Finau said.
"When tsunamis are generated within Fiji waters, there will be little time to inform the public prior to the event because of the very short lead time. From the time tsunami is generated to when it reaches the shore, from our historical data it takes five to 10 minutes for impact."
He requested people to understand different readings of the magnitude of the earthquakes because first results that are automated are only preliminary readings.