After the eruption of the underwater volcano, which caused smaller tsunami waves on the South Seas island of Tonga, a tsunami warning was also issued for the west coast of the United States. In addition, there is already flooding in Hawaii.
The US National Weather Service (NOAA) said on Saturday that effects could also be felt on parts of the country’s west coast and in Alaska. A tsunami advisory has also been issued for Hawaii. So far, however, no damage has been reported there, he added.
What does a “tsunami warning” mean?
A “tsunami warning” means, according to the Tsunami Warning Center, that “a dangerous wave is in progress” and that “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 the California Coast, the Oregon Coast, the Washington State Coast, the British Columbia North Coast, and the Alaska Coast. There is also a warning for Hawaii.
Boats pulled out of water in Hawaii
Boats already displaced by the tsunami would have already been taken out of the water there. “We are relieved that no damage was reported and only minor flooding on the islands,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a previous tweet.
According to CBS News, tsunami activity is expected at 6 a.m. local time in Alaska, 7:35 a.m. in Fort Bragg, Calif., and around 8:10 a.m. in the Bay Area, along with other areas of the west coast that will follow later. . People are told to stay away from the shore and go to higher ground.
Alerts for the wide Pacific after a volcanic eruption
The eruption of one of the underwater volcanoes near the island kingdom of Tonga had already led to tsunami warnings across large parts of the Pacific. A tsunami warning was issued for the whole of Tonga on Saturday, according to the local meteorological agency. Local media reported that tidal waves flooded properties on the main island of Tongatapu after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano erupted. It had rained ashes and the phone connections had failed. The extent of the damage was initially unclear late in the evening (local time).
According to the media, King Tupou VI of Tonga. already secured from the royal palace in the capital Nuku’alofa. According to the Australian Meteorological Agency, a wave 1.2 meters high was observed in the city. Authorities in other Pacific nations have also issued tsunami warnings, including Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. People have been urged to stay away from coastal areas.
Tsunami warning lifted for American Samoa
The US National Weather Service (NOAA) has lifted the tsunami warning for American Samoa. The volcanic eruption caused a tsunami. Based on the available data, it can be assumed that the tsunami danger has passed, but there could still be fluctuations in sea level, he said.
The volcano erupted on Friday. According to local authorities, only small tsunami waves of up to 30 centimeters were recorded the day before. Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai has been active since December. The volcano lies about 30 kilometers southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou Island (also known as Falcon Island).