The state of California and much of the West Coast is currently under a tsunami advisory after a volcanic eruption in Tolga.
Alaska is already experiencing the effects of the eruption, according to CNN. The National Tsunami Warning Center confirmed reports that 1.2-foot waves were recorded in Nikolski, Alaska. One-foot waves were also reported in Atka, Adak, and King Cove, Alaska.
A representative for the National Tsunami Warning Center told CNN that the current waves recorded “may not be the largest wave as this is coming in yet.”
The states of Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington are all under a tsunami advisory. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning center, no damaged was reported in the state of Hawaii and the tsunami advisory had ended.
SAT JAN 15 2022
THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ENDED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 0752 AM HST.
SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES, STRONG OR UNUSUAL CURRENTS MAY PERSIST FOR SEVERAL ADDITIONAL HOURS IN SOME COASTAL AREAS AND APPROPRIATE CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED BY BOATERS AND SWIMMERS.
— NWS PTWC (@NWS_PTWC) January 15, 2022
Los Angeles Residents Wake Up To Tsunami Warning
On Saturday morning, many residents of Los Angeles woke up to a notification warning them to stay away from the beaches.
“The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tsunami advisory for areas on the pacific coast that will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.,” the message began.
“An initial tsunami wave is likely to arrive around 7:45 a.m., and conditions are likely to cause strong rip currents,” they continued.
“The NWS recommends people stay away from beaches and water,” they added.
They concluded the message, stating, “The tsunami began following a volcanic eruption near Tonga that sent surges to the region.”
— National Weather Service (@NWS) January 15, 2022
Tsunami Strikes Tonga’s Largest Island Of Tongatapu
A massive volcanic eruption has occurred on Tonga Island of Tonga. This event is extremely dangerous for those on and near the area closest to the eruption. A tsunami has been generated that we are closely monitoring as it crosses the Pacific.https://t.co/yVNo4MDqM7
— NWS PTWC (@NWS_PTWC) January 15, 2022
As reported earlier this morning, a tsunami struck Tonga’s largest island of Tongatapu. The tsunami was caused by a volcano erupting in the South Pacific, which sent an ash cloud and gas steam into the air over 12.4 miles into the air. The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano first erupted on Friday, and then later again on Saturday.
In addition to the West Coast of the United States, tsunami warnings have also been issued for New Zealand’s North Island and British Columbia in Canada.
10 AM | Here are the latest observed tsunami wave heights from along the West Coast of the US. Generally tsunami wave heights have been around 1 foot or less along the Oregon and Washington coast. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/r94If9ODXM
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) January 15, 2022
Waves flooded the capital of Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa, flooding houses and blocking roadways. Tonga’s King Tupou VI was evacuated from the Royal Palace after waves began to flood the city. Troops rushed the king to a villa at Mata Ki Eua.
Phone lines were reported to be down as ash rained from the sky, hampering efforts for citizens to head to higher ground. A local reporter at Fiji One, Jese Tuisinu, posted a video to Twitter showing people trying to escape the waves.
Tsunami videos out of Tonga 🇹🇴 this afternoon following the Volcano Eruption. pic.twitter.com/JTIcEdbpGe
— Jese Tuisinu (@JTuisinu) January 15, 2022
“Tsunami videos out of Tonga this afternoon following the Volcano Eruption,” he wrote alongside the video.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology recorded four-foot waves near Nuku’alofa. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that waves of almost two feet were recorded at Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa.
In addition to the flooding, Tonga’s Meteorological Services also warned residents to be wary of heavy rain, flash flooding, and strong winds. The nearby island of Fiji also issued a similar warning to residents, urging them to “move to safety in anticipation of the strong currents and dangerous waves.”
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