Tonga Islands: tsunami warning on the west coast of the United States after the eruption of a volcano

ALERT – US Weather Services advises residents of the West Coast of the United States to leave beaches and harbors due to tsunami warnings.

E. Ro with AFP – 4078-01-16T17: 40: 035.664+: 01 After “minor floods” in Hawaii, tsunami warnings were issued Saturday morning for the west coast of the United States, according to the US weather services. These alerts come after Friday’s eruption of a volcano in the Tonga archipelago.

“Leave beaches, ports and marinas” in the affected areas, recommends the National Weather Service (NWS), which states with “relief” that the American islands of Hawaii did not report any damage.

California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska may be affected

Several States could be affected by the tsunami, in particular California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia, specifies the NWS. “The main impacts expected are strong rip currents and flooding of coasts and low-lying areas”, warns the weather service on Twitter.

Tsunami warnings have also been issued for Fiji and Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. The Australian authorities have notably asked the population of Sydney and its region, New South Wales, to “get out of the water, and to move away from the edge of the water”.

In Chile, the National Situations Office emergency warned of the possibility that a “minor tsunami” reaches Easter Island and other Chilean archipelagos. “As a precautionary measure, in the Juan Fernández Archipelago, the San Félix Islands, Easter Island and Chilean Antarctica it is requested, due to the eruption of a volcano in the Tonga Islands, to leave beach areas where a minor tsunami could occur”, said the ‘Onemi.

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Residents of the Tonga Islands fled to higher ground on Saturday as a nearly 1.2 meter tsunami was triggered by a new eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano. The eruption lasted eight minutes and was so loud it was heard “like distant thunder” in Fiji, over 768 km away, Fijian authorities said.

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