Tonga volcano: British Columbia after tsunami warning issued

A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of the British Columbia coast after an undersea volcano erupted near Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing onto the shores of South Pacific islands and flooding The capital of the country.

The advisory was issued for the North Coast and Haida Gwaii, the Central and Northeast Coast of Vancouver Island, the Outer West Coast of Vancouver Island, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca Coast.

According to the advisory, waves were expected to hit Langara at 8:30 a.m. local time, followed by Tofino around 8:50 a.m.

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

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

Residents are urged 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 shore to watch the tsunami waves.

A tsunami warning has been issued for the Tonga Islands after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai submarine volcano erupted violently on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and steam into the air.

The Tonga Meteorological Service said data from the Pacific Tsunami Center detected waves up to 80 centimeters (2.7 feet) after the eruption.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage as communications with the small island nation remained cut off.

The eruption also triggered tsunami advisories for New Zealand’s North Island and the west coast of the United States from California to Alaska.

With files from The Associated Press

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