Tsunami advisory in effect for US as waves hit Tonga following volcanic eruption

Tsunami advisories have been issued for the US West Coast from California to Alaska as well as New Zealand's North Island and Canada's British Columbia

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1/15/2022 5:10:00 PM

Tsunami advisories have been issued for the US West Coast from California to Alaska as well as New Zealand's North Island and Canada's British Columbia

A tsunami has hit Tonga's largest island, Tongatapu, and reportedly sent waves flooding into the capital after an underwater volcano in the South Pacific exploded in a violent eruption on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and gas steam into the air.

A tsunami warning has been issued for the islands of Tonga. Tsunami advisories have also been issued for New Zealand's North Island and the west coast of the United States from California to Alaska, as well as Canada's British Columbia.Satellite imagery shows a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption. Waves crossed the shoreline of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday, flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ).Tonga's King Tupou VI was evacuated from the Royal Palace after the tsunami flooded the capital, RNZ reported, citing local media reports that a convoy of police and troops rushed the monarch to a villa at Mata Ki Eua.Read MoreResidents headed for higher ground, RNZ said, as waves swept the palace grounds, waterfront and main street.A tsunami has hit Tonga's largest island, Tongatapu.Ash was falling from the sky in Nuku'alofa on Saturday evening and phone connections were down, RNZ said.The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano first erupted Friday, sending a plume of ash 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) into the air, according to RNZ.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

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Not a once in a lifetime event. This is happening all over the world. And it's going to become more frequent and more damaging. I wonder why no satellite was able to capture the largest non nuclear blast ever at the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020 to help the investigation when an underground volcano eruption is so eloquently recorded in the Pacific Ocean NeverForget BeirutBlast CrimesAgainstHumanity

Prayer to still & calm natural disasters. Children, People & spirits of fire, earth or land, air & water. Spiritus mundis, Lord Almighty & world ancestors. ODUDURO OTUTU KOKORO;Be still & calm. May natural disasters cease. As above so below. Smib. an underwater volcano makes no sense. Praying for the people of Tonga 🇹🇴 ❤️ 🙏

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Tsunami advisory in effect for US West Coast after underwater volcano explodes in South PacificAn undersea volcano erupted near the island of Tonga, prompting a tsunami advisory for Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Maybe it will clean up San Francisco But i live by the beach. And it says it should only be 2 ft Stay safe. Tsunami tsunamialert

Jesus 😔😔 I got a warning for 1 to 2 foot waves, that’s nothing This is good reporting and helpful information thank you from Los Angeles West COAST News Redo: I live on the WestCoast, I expect Westcoast news up&running when tsunamis happen! Why did it take 2hrs for a station to report it! The crickets aren’t acceptable, We want WestCoast News doing their Jobs! Someone, telling folks something-hey, a niche that needs to be filled?

Please take the Tsunami advisories seriously. A tsunami advisory does not indicate a major tsunami event where water is actively entering coastal communities. In this circumstance, the tsunami is only dangerous to those in the water, or on the immediate beach -- like swimmers and boaters. It's not funny, don't be stupid guys, Even I didn't leave there

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A tsunami advisory has been issued for the US West Coast and AlaskaJUST IN: The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami advisory is in effect for the entire West Coast and Alaska in the wake of an undersea volcanic eruption near Tonga. sofiafranklyn sofiafpodcast Yikes... down to Hawaii? Research Al Bielek, he said he was told that this had happened, sometime between the years of 2020-2025, that the west coast, much of it, would be underwater. This news here is chilling.

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Tsunami advisory issued for U.S. after undersea volcanic eruptionThe National Tsunami Warning Center issues a tsunami advisory for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific coast after an undersea volcano erupted near the Pacific nation of Tonga.

Oh my gosh….prayers for everyone affected.🙏🏽🥺 Huh. Welcome 2022 BabyDogeCoin Oh my God,what's this? Wow! Is anyone covering this on news outlets ?! I can’t find coverage other than this platform Praying for all the people of Tonga! Ìl Tsùnami dèl ²7-12 2004 Is Tonga still Tonga or is it gone? I'm so sorry for them❣

Tsunami advisory in effect for U.S. West Coast after volcanic eruption'West Coast residents be prepared for impacts in bays and harbors,' the National Tsunami Warning Center says. 'Live-aboards seek shelter and high ground.' WestCoast Tsunami expected arrival times below Nothing for Seattle and Vancouver hopefully ?

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(CNN) A tsunami warning has been issued for the islands of Tonga. Tsunami advisories have also been issued for New Zealand's North Island and the west coast of the United States from California to Alaska, as well as Canada's British Columbia.Satellite imagery shows a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption. Waves crossed the shoreline of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday, flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ).Tonga's King Tupou VI was evacuated from the Royal Palace after the tsunami flooded the capital, RNZ reported, citing local media reports that a convoy of police and troops rushed the monarch to a villa at Mata Ki Eua.Read MoreResidents headed for higher ground, RNZ said, as waves swept the palace grounds, waterfront and main street.A tsunami has hit Tonga's largest island, Tongatapu.Ash was falling from the sky in Nuku'alofa on Saturday evening and phone connections were down, RNZ said.The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano first erupted Friday, sending a plume of ash 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) into the air, according to RNZ.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 A second eruption hit on Saturday at 5:26 p.m. local time, RNZ reported. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said it recorded a tsunami wave of 1.2 meters (about 4 feet) near Nuku'alofa at 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of 2.7 feet (83 cm) were observed by gauges at Nuku'alofa and waves of 2 feet at Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, Reuters reported.Jese Tuisinu, a television reporter at Fiji One, posted a video on Twitter showing large waves washing ashore, with people trying to escape the incoming water in their vehicles."It is literally dark in parts of Tonga and people are rushing to safety following the eruption," he said in another tweet.The volcano is located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) southeast of Tonga's Fonuafo'ou island, according to RNZ, and about 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Nuku'alofa.In addition to the tsunami warning, Tonga's Meteorological Services issued advisories for heavy rain, flash flooding and strong winds in lands and coastal waters.The nearby island of Fiji also issued a public advisory asking people living in low lying coastal areas to"move to safety in anticipation of the strong currents and dangerous waves." A tsunami advisory is also in effect for the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, according to its National Disaster Management Office, with residents advised to move away from the coastline and seek higher ground.A tsunami watch is in effect for all Samoan low-lying coastal areas, the Samoa Meteorological Service said, with residents and visitors advised to stay away from beach areas. Warning for USA tsunami advisory is now in effect for the US west coast including the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, according to the NWS National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. The Pacific Tsunami Warning tweeted that no damage was reported thus far from the tsunami observed in the Hawaiian Islands. "A tsunami is currently being observed by all Islands' Emergency Management. We are relieved that there is no reported damage and only minor flooding throughout the islands," the agency tweeted. "We have seen the wave moving through the Hawaiian Islands," Dave Snider, tsunami warning coordinator at the center in NWS National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, told CNN. Current observations are that the wave is one-to-two feet high heading toward the US mainland Pacific Coast. The estimated arrival time along the California coast is 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time.Speaking by telephone, Snider noted:"We don't have a really good forecast because this event is based on a volcano rather than earthquake."Snider notes this is currently an advisory, and not a tsunami warning, in effect for the US west coast.Nonetheless, the National Weather Service Seattle urged caution along the US Pacific Coast on Saturday."Move off the beach and out of harbors and marinas in these areas," NWS Seattle tweeted."Strong currents and larger waves are possible along these coastal areas. The first wave may not be largest," the agency went on to warn, adding that larger waves may continue to hit the coast for hours after the initial wave. "Continue to stay out of the water and away from shore along the coastal areas and continue to monitor for updates," the agency said.New Zealand on alertA tsunami advisory has also been issued for coastal areas on the north and east coast of New Zealand's North Island and the Chatham Islands, where"strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore" are expected, according to New Zealand's National Emergency Management Agency.New Zealand's official weather service said its weather stations across the country had observed"a pressure surge" on Saturday evening from the eruption.A satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, January 15, 2022. Scientist Emily Lane, of New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, told the New Zealand Science Media Centre that it was a"very significant" eruption."The shock wave from it is clearly visible in satellite imagery and there are reports of the eruption being heard at least as far away as New Zealand," she said."The tsunami from the eruption has reached over 2,500 km being recorded on gauges over all of Aotearoa."Tsunamis generated by volcanoes are much less common than tsunamis from underwater earthquakes, Lane said. A smaller eruption in late 2014/early 2015 built up the crater of the volcano to above the surface of the water, Lane added, but it's not yet clear exactly how Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai erupted on this occasion."When we see what is left of the island after this eruption is over we can start to put together the pieces of what happened," she said.Professor Shane Cronin, from the School of Environment at University of Auckland, told the New Zealand Science Media Centre that research into historical eruptions by the same volcano suggested that the current eruption episode could last for weeks or months"and that further similar-sized eruptions to the 15 January 2022 event are possible.""The eruption is likely to result in significant ash fall (cm to ten cm) in Tongatapu as well as the Ha'apai group of islands," he said."Help will be needed to restore drinking water supplies. People of Tonga must also remain vigilant for further eruptions and especially tsunami with short notice and should avoid low lying areas."An earlier tsunami warning issued for American Samoa has since been canceled, according to the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. There is no tsunami threat to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from a"distant eruption," according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.The volcano had been active from December 20, but was declared dormant on January 11, according to RNZ.CNN's Haley Brink contributed to this report.