Tsunami Warning For US West Coast, Flooding In Hawaii After Tonga Eruption



Terrified Tongan people fled to higher ground when the eruption triggered a tsunami on the island.

San Francisco:

Tsunami warnings were issued Saturday across the US West Coast following a massive eruption of the Pacific Ocean in Tonga, and tsunami waves causing flooding in Hawaii.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued tsunami control instructions from the bottom of California to the end of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, predicting up to 60 feet[60 m]hurricanes and floods.

“Get off the beach and get out of the ports and marinas in these places,” he advised.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “tsunamis are currently underway” in Hawaii, but said “there was no reported damage or minor flooding on the islands.”

Frightened Tongan people fled to higher ground when the eruption triggered a tsunami in the island country, and four-footed waves formed the city of Nuku’alofa in Tonga.

Similar warnings have been issued by countries in the Pacific, including New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and Australia and along the Chilean coast.

The recent eruption of Mount Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai in Tonga lasted at least eight minutes and sent hundreds of miles of air, ash, and smoke into the air.

It came just hours after Friday’s tsunami alert was canceled due to a recent explosion.

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