Tsunami warnings in place for US and Canadian Pacific coast after underwater volcanic eruptions


Tsunami advisers have been issued off the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada after people were forced to flee their homes in Tonga after a huge underwater volcano explosion.

Counseling is currently in place for the west coast of the United States, from California to Alaska, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.

It comes after the eruption caused waves of more than a meter to hit the Pacific nation on tonga, with footage from social media showing homes engulfed in water.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano is located 40 miles from Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, but its eight-minute eruption was heard nearly 500 miles away in Fiji as “loud thunder noises”, according to officials in the capital Suva.

A screenshot of satellite footage showing the volcanic eruption that caused a tsunami to hit Tonga (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology / Getty)

A previous tsunami alert for the U.S. state of Hawaii was canceled by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, with only minor flooding seen on the islands.

Japan had also advised citizens to stay away from coastlines as a precaution.

Earlier Saturday, 1.2-meter waves were recorded in the Kominato district of Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture.

This story is being updated.

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