An underwater volcanic eruption in the Pacific triggered panic in the Tonga Islands this Saturday (15.01.2022), with a tsunami that caused 1.20 meter waves in Japan and generated alerts on the west coast of the States States and Chile.
The aftermath of the eruption reached Japan, where authorities reported a 1.2 meter wave on the remote island of Amami and a smaller tsunami elsewhere along the coast. They also warned of possible waves of up to three meters.
The U.S. National Weather Service also issued tsunami warnings for the West Coast, from California to Alaska, predicting waves up to 60 centimeters, strong currents and coastal flooding.
“A tsunami is underway. Remember that the first wave may not be the largest. Stay away from the shore and head for higher ground,” wrote the National Tsunami Warning United States Center.
Canada followed suit, issuing a tsunami warning for the province of British Columbia.
Additionally, according to the US Weather Service, Hawaii was hit by “minor flooding”.
The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano is located on an uninhabited island about 65 kilometers north of Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga.
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