Following Friday’s underwater volcanic eruption, the National Weather Service (NWS), has issued tsunami warnings for the west coast.
A tsunami that affected the entire west coast was caused by an eruption near the South Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga. Tonga Meteorological Services issued an alert for the archipelago and data from Pacific Tsunami Warning Center revealed waves measuring just under three feet in height.
The tsunami alert has been activatedadvisory“Level” refers to waves up to 3 feet high, and dangerous conditions in the water.
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Early reports from Hawaii indicate the tsunami did no cause flooding or “inundation” in the affected areas. However, boats have been left on docks due to the tsunami.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated that they were relieved that there was no damage reported and that there was only minor flooding on the islands.
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Residents living in the mainland coast areas should still “move off shore and out of harbours and marinas.”
NWS Seattle warned that the first waves would hit Saturday at 9 a.m. PST. Larger waves will follow and continue to impact the coast for hours after that initial wave.
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“Bottom Line: Keep out of the water and away form shores along coastal areas, and continue to monitor for updated,” NWS Seattle tweeted. The wave will arrive earlier further down the coast: Newport, Oregon should see its first wave around 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The first wave should hit the Bay Area at 7:35 AM PST.
Weather services warn that strong currents will create dangerous conditions for swimmers, boats, and coastal structures as a result of the tsunami.
The most recent tsunami to hit America’s west coast occurred in 2011, after the earthquake that struck Japan at a magnitude 9.0. According to the LA Times, the tsunami caused damage of $100 million to California’s ports and harbors.
Source: Fox News