The tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii after an earlier volcanic eruption in Tonga. Tonga, which is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 islands in the South Pacific, experienced several waves after the eruption that submerged much of its coastline under water. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga was so large it could be seen from space.
The warning included details of strong currents and high waves that will hit California on Saturday morning.
However, flooding of the California coastline is not expected.
The mainland tsunami advisory now extends to the entire west coast of the United States.
This stretches from the California border with Mexico to Attu Island at the tip of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
British journalist for The Register Iain Thomson tweeted: “Berkeley Police: People living in marina or area should evacuate immediately.
“The Berkeley Fire Department has ordered a mandatory evacuation in the Marinia area or people living in the area due to the tsunami warning.
“Waves of 2 to 3 feet are expected around 7:30 a.m..”
Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau wrote on Twitter: “Can literally hear the volcano erupting, quite violent sounds.
“Original time – 0627 PM HST 14 JAN 2022.
“Coordinates – 20.5 SOUTH 175.4 WEST
“Location – Tonga.
The US Weather Service then provided a list of reports of tsunami wave activity from different parts of the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast of the United States.
The statement adds, “Tsunami waves that can pose a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as people near shore at beaches and in ports and marinas are now affecting the State of Hawaii.
“This danger could last for several hours.
“The situation is being closely monitored and the advisory will end when the danger has passed.
“Further messages will be issued hourly or sooner as conditions warrant until the threat to Hawaii has passed.”
After the tsunami wave was detected, residents of Hawaii, Alaska and along the US Pacific Coast were urged to move away from the shoreline and to higher ground.
Speaking to Hawaii News Now, Dave Snider, tsunami warning coordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said residents are urged to heed specific instructions from their local tsunami officials. emergency management.
Mr Snider said: “We are not giving advice for this length of coastline as we have.
“I don’t know when was the last time, but it’s definitely not an everyday experience.
“I hope this elevates the significance and severity for our citizens.”