Saturday, January 29, 2022

Tsunami advisory issued for BC after volcanic eruption near Tonga

A tsunami advisory has been issued for parts of the BC coast after an underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on Saturday, causing large waves to crash off the coast of South Pacific islands and flood the nation’s capital.

The advisory was issued for the North Coast and Haida Gwaii, the Central Coast and North East of Vancouver Island, the outer west coast of Vancouver Island and the Juan de Fuca Strait.

According to the advisory, waves are expected at Langara at 8:30 am local time, followed by Tofino at around 8:50 am.

Residents of at-risk coastal areas are asked to stay away from the shoreline and follow all instructions of the local authorities.

For those who may already be on the shoreline, the advisory urges residents to get out of the water, off the beach, and away from ports, marinas, bays and inlets.

Residents are told not to return to the coast until local emergency officials say it is safe to do so. Residents were also told not to go to the shoreline to watch the tsunami waves.

A tsunami warning was issued for the islands of Tonga after the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Hapai volcano erupted violently on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and steam into the air.

Tonga Meteorological Services said data from the Pacific Tsunami Center detected waves of up to 80 centimeters (2.7 ft) after the eruption.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage as communication with the small island nation was cut off.

The eruption has prompted a tsunami advisory for the North Island of New Zealand and the west coast of the United States from California to Alaska.

With files from The Associated Press

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