Tsunami Warning Issued For California Coast; Beaches Closed Due to Volcano Eruption Near Tonga (VIDEO)
A tsunami warning was issued for the California coast on Saturday morning due to a volcano eruption in the Pacific near Tonga.
Officials in Southern California urged people to move out of the water, off the beach and away from harbors, piers and marinas after the National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory
“If you are located in this coastal area,” NWS said. “move off the beach and out of harbors and marinas. Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami. Be alert to instructions from your local emergency officials.”
The Los Angeles Times reported:
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A tsunami advisory was in effect for the California coast Saturday morning due to a volcano eruption near the Pacific nation of Tonga.
Officials urged people to avoid beaches and marina areas Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service said the tsunami activity was supposed to hit Monterey around 7:30 a.m. and San Francisco around 8:10 a.m. Beaches in Southern California were supposed to see impacts beginning around 7:50 a.m. Some beaches and piers in Orange County were closed Saturday morning. Berkeley closed its marina and urged people to seek higher ground.
Officials said some areas could see “low lying inundation and minor flooding.”
Move out of the water, off the beach, and away from harbors, marinas, breakwaters, bays and inlets.
Do not go to the shore to observe the tsunami
Do not return to the coast until local emergency officials indicate it is safe.
Officials said some coastal areas could see wave heights of 1 to 2 feet. “Main impacts expect to be strong rip currents, coastal flooding, and inundation of low lying areas is possible. Move to higher ground,” NWS said.
1.14.2022: (correction on date) Large volcanic eruption near Tonga (Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano) today as seen from outer space. Shown on visible imagery using the Himawari satellite. #hiwx #tsunami #earthquake pic.twitter.com/Y18W7wvXl9
— NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) January 15, 2022
Underwater volcano eruption near Tonga pic.twitter.com/3f96T3MyqQ
— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) January 15, 2022
The undersea volcano eruption sent Tsunami waves to Tonga.
An undersea volcano eruption sent large tsunami waves to the Pacific nation of Tonga, forcing people to rush to higher ground. pic.twitter.com/2rbiQl2QrZ
— DW News (@dwnews) January 15, 2022
Hawaii and Alaska are also under Tsunami advisory.
A small surge at Keauhou harbor on the Big Island – Hawaii was reported.
NEW: Small surge at Keauhou harbor on Big Island — Hawaii is under #Tsunami advisory after massive Tonga eruption #HIWX (video: @KITV4 viewer Amanda Llanes) pic.twitter.com/JJygBpzLFw
— Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) January 15, 2022