Tsunami warnings in South Pacific, Australia and US west coast after Tonga eruption | World news

Tsunami warnings had been issued for a number of South Pacific nations, the east coast of Australia, western Alaska and alongside the California-Mexico border, after the eruption of an underwater volcano on Saturday.

Waves had been noticed in Tonga’s capital and the capital of American Samoa, a US-based tsunami monitor mentioned. Tsunami waves reached Japan late on Saturday, and waves as excessive as three metres had been doable, the Japan Meteorological Company mentioned.

Within the US, the Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) mentioned tsunami advisories remained in impact for Alaska, Hawaii and the west coast. Officers in California issued warnings and closed some seashores and piers.

“Impacts might embrace inundation of low mendacity areas, coastal flooding, and robust rip currents,” NWS mentioned.


Los Angeles county officers issued an advisory for residents to “transfer out of the water, off the seashore” and to avoid the shore till officers point out it’s secure, the LA Times reported.

A tsunami evacuation route sign is displayed in El Segundo, California, on Saturday.
A tsunami evacuation route signal is displayed in El Segundo, California, on Saturday. {Photograph}: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Photos

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, situated about 40 miles north of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, brought about a 1.2-metre (4ft) tsunami, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology mentioned.

Warnings had been issued for elements of Australia’s east coast and Lord Howe, Norfolk and Macquarie islands.

The Bureau of Meteorology mentioned a tsunami wave top of 1.27m was noticed on Norfolk Island at 9pm AEDT and an 82cm wave was registered on the Gold Coast at 10.54pm AEDT on Saturday.

It mentioned 1.10m-high waves had been being recorded at Ned’s Seashore on Lord Howe Island about 11pm AEDT and a 50cm surge was noticed at Hobart’s Derwent Park about 11.44pm AEDT.

Port Kembla in NSW’s Wollongong registered a 65cm wave at 2.50am AEDT on Sunday.

Tsunami waves of 83cm (2.7ft) had been noticed by gauges at Nuku’alofa and waves of 2ft at Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Heart mentioned.

Map: volcano, Tonga and the South Pacific

Fiji issued a tsunami warning, urging residents to keep away from the shorelines “attributable to robust currents and harmful waves”.

Jese Tuisinu, a tv reporter at Fiji One, posted a video on Twitter exhibiting massive waves washing ashore, with individuals making an attempt to flee from the oncoming waves in their vehicles.

“It’s actually darkish in elements of Tonga and individuals are dashing to security following the eruption,” he mentioned.

Reuters contributed to this report

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