A tsunami caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga hit the west coast of the United States and Canada on Saturday.
Tsunami caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga It hit the west coast of the United States and Canada on Saturday, with waves that in one case exceeded a meter in height and caused minor flooding in part of California.
“There is a tsunami going on along the coast of Alaska, British Columbia (Canada) and the west coast of the United States.”, just before 11:00 a.m. in that area (19:00 GMT) the US Tsunami Warning Service. On her official Twitter account.
The range of waves recorded so far has ranged from 7 cm (0.2 ft) in Alameda (California) to 24 cm (4 ft) in Port St. Louis, about 300 km north of Los Angeles, in the same state. National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The impact occurred despite the fact that the coast of California is located approximately 8,700 kilometers (5,400 mi) from the southern Pacific nation of Tonga, where the volcanic eruption occurred.
cause a tsunami “slight flood” In the port of Santa Cruz (California), where beaches were closed and people were evacuated from commercial areas near the coast, although no one was forced to leave their home, he told the network. CNN City Manager Elizabeth Smith.
The Los Angeles Met Office said in a tweet that there was also “flooding in the parking area” near the beach in Port St. Louis, where the highest waves were recorded.
In Berkeley (California) about 110 people were evacuated from ships and ports in the coastal region, according to local media. Berkleeside; Most beaches in the south of the state were closed due to the alert.
“Do not go near the coast to watch for tsunamis,” the Tsunami Warning Service stressed on its website.
This service removed the tsunami warning for Hawaii hours after it was issued, after verifying that there were no waves of this size in the US Pacific islands.
Instead, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) kept a tsunami warning in effect for California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, as well as British Columbia in Canada. (I)