Tsunami advisory issued for West Coast following volcano eruption


A Tsunami advisory has been issued across Northern California as well as the Pacific coastline following an underwater volcano eruption near Tonga Islands at 8:27 pm (PST) on Jan 14.

The United States’ Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has named and issued tsunami advisories to San Francisco- Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore- San Francisco Peninsula Coast-Northern Monterey Bay- Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast- Including the cities of San Francisco, Tamalpais-Homestead, Sausalito, Pacifica, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Live Oak, Seaside, Monterey, and Marina.

According to abcnews.com early Saturday: “About 113 people have been evacuated living in the Marina area.”

The Berkeley Fire Department has ordered a mandatory evacuation in the Marina area or those living in the area due to Tsunami warnings.

According to the National Weather Service: “The arriving tsunami will come in pulses of surging water levels onto and off of the coast, similar to high tide. Do not expect to identify these arriving pulses by large cresting waves/surf. These water level surges can overwhelm and overtake people and pull them out to sea.”

Along with Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington were also issued tsunami advisories, according to the Washington Post.

“PTWC has issued a Tsunami Advisory for Hawaii. A tsunami is currently being observed by all Islands’ Emergency Management. We are relieved that there is no reported damage and only minor flooding throughout the islands. https://tsunami.gov,” the center tweeted. The center had previously issued a warning for American Samoa, but it was later canceled.The tsunami, which flooded the capital of Tonga, required the evacuation of its king, Tupou VI, according to Hill.

Several countries, including New Zealand, Australia and Fiji also issued tsunami warnings or advisories in response.

“We have issued a NATIONAL ADVISORY: TSUNAMI ACTIVITY following the Tongan eruption. We expect New Zealand coastal areas on the north and east coast of the North Island and the Chatham Islands to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore,” New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency tweeted.