Then Underwater volcanic eruption, small tsunami waves hit the South Sea island of Tonga. A tsunami alert was issued for the west coast of the United States. In addition, Hawaii is already flooded.
The U.S. National Weather Service (NOAA) announced Saturday that the effects could be felt in parts of the country’s west coast and in Alaska. Tsunami alert issued for Hawaii However, no damage has been reported so far.
Japanese authorities have issued a tsunami alert for the island’s Pacific coast. Waves of about one meter were reported off the coast of northeastern Iwad province and southwest Amami, according to Japanese media reports early Sunday (local time). There was no immediate word on damage or injuries. Residents in the area have been advised to remain vigilant until the tsunami alert is lifted.
What is a “tsunami alert”?
“Tsunami Warning” means, according to the Tsunami Warning Center, “a dangerous wave is underway” and “strong and unusual currents are expected along the coast and in bays and harbors.”
Areas from Southern California to Alaska are affected by the warning. These include California Beach, Oregon Beach, Washington State Beach, British Columbia North Beach and Alaska Beach. Hawaii also has a warning.
In Hawaii boats are taken out of the water
Boats already evacuated by the tsunami are said to have already been taken out of the water there. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in an earlier tweet that “there is no damage and only minor flooding has occurred on the islands.”
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. People are told to leave the shore and go to higher ground.
Warnings for the wider Pacific after a volcanic eruption
A tsunami alert was issued in most parts of the Pacific Ocean after a volcanic eruption near the island kingdom of Tonga. A tsunami alert was issued for all parts of Tonga on Saturday, according to the local Meteorological Agency. Following the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano, local media reported that waves had swept away property on the main island of Tongatabu. Gray rain and phone connections were down. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear until late in the evening (local time).
According to media reports, King Tubo VI of Tonga. It had already been brought safely from the royal palace in the capital Nuku’aloba. A 1.2 meter high wave was observed in the city, according to the Australian Meteorological Center. Authorities in other Pacific countries, including Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, have also issued tsunami warnings. People have been advised to stay away from coastal areas.
Tsunami alert lifted for US Samoa
The US National Weather Service (NOAA) has lifted a tsunami alert for US Samoa. The volcanic eruption led to a tsunami. Based on the available data, the tsunami risk may be considered over, but it said there could still be fluctuations in sea level.
The volcano erupted on Friday. According to local officials, only small tsunami waves of up to 30 centimeters were recorded the previous day. Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai has been active since December. The volcano is located about 30 km southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo Island (also known as the Balkan Islands).
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