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FROM: NK Smith (nksmth@qni.com)

TO: hulsena@ewc.hawaii.edu

SUBJECT: High Sea in French Polynesia

DATE: February 19, 1999

Did you hear anything about the ocean rise in the Leeward islands a few days ago?

Reported to be 2 to 5 meters. ( Raiatea, Tahaha, Huiahini, Bora Bora, Maupiti.)

FROM: tahitipm@mail.pf

TO: hulsena@ewc.hawaii.edu

SUBJECT: High Sea DATE: February 21, 1999

Here is the story :

A major depression in the roaring forties sent 4 meter high swells toward French Polynesia. This swell coming from the SW rose water levels in the lagoons of Raiatea, Huahine, Tahiti and Moorea.

Once the lagoon waters are level with the barrier reef, sea swells continue inside the lagoons, thus flooding land, as happened especially in Puohine and Fetuna, in the south of Raiatea.

This phenomena can happen once a year in French Polynesia, often on atolls, but it is increasing in frequency.

What was unusual last week, was the time (summer) and the angle from where the swell came.

Hope this answers your questions

Alex W. du PREL Directeur de la Publication / Publisher and Editor TAHITI-PACIFIQUE Magazine B.P. 368, MOOREA, French Polynesia Tel : (+689) 56 28 94

Fax : (+689) 56 30 07 E-mail : tahitipm@mail.pf Website : http://www.tahitiweb.com/f/info/index.html

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