Tsunami warning for Hawaii and California homes evacuated after Tonga eruption
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The tsunami advisory warning was issued for Hawaii after an earlier volcanic eruption in Tonga. Tonga, which is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, experienced multiple waves after the eruption that submerged much of its coastline underwater. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga was so big it could be seen from space.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has also received a tsunami warning.
According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, there has been no damage identified so far on Japanese islands.
There has been “no confusion or trouble” seen within the jurisdiction of the Oshima, Niijima, Miyakejima, Hachijojima, and Ogasawara stations on remote Japanese islands.
British journalist for The Register Iain Thomson tweeted: “Berkeley police: People living in the Marina or the area of need to evacuate immediately.
“The Berkeley Fire Department has ordered a mandatory evacuation in the Marinia area or those living in the area due to tsunami warning.
“2-3 feet waves are due around 7:30 AM.”
Doctor Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau wrote on Twitter: “Can literally hear the volcano eruption, sounds pretty violent.
“Raining ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky.”
The US National Weather Service made an announcement that read: “Emergency management in the state of Hawaii.
“A Tsunami advisory continues in effect for the state of Hawaii.
“A volcanic eruption occurred with these preliminary parametres.
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“Origin time – 0627 PM HST 14 JAN 2022.
“Coordinates – 20.5 SOUTH 175.4 WEST
“Location – Tonga.
The US Weather service then gave a list of reports of Tsunami wave activity in different parts of the Hawaiian Islands and the west coast of the United States.
The statement added: “Tsunami waves that can be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as to persons near the shore at beaches and in harbours and marinas are now affecting the state of Hawaii.
“This hazard could continue for several hours.
“The situation is being monitored closely and the advisory will end when the hazard has passed.
“Further messages will be issued hourly or sooner as conditions warrant until the threat to Hawaii has passed.”
After the tsunami wave detection, residents of Hawaii, Alaska and along the US Pacific coast were asked to move away from the coastline and to higher ground.
Speaking to Hawaii News Now, Dave Snider, tsunami warning coordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer in Alaska said residents were asked to pay attention to specific instructions from their local emergency management officials.
Mr Snider said: “We don’t issue an advisory for this length of coastline as we’ve done.
“I’m not sure when the last time was, but it really isn’t an everyday experience.
“I hope that elevates the importance and severity for our citizens.”
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