LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — A tsunami advisory was issued for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Coast early Saturday morning after an undersea volcano erupted near the Pacific island nation of Tonga.
No major tsunami was expected, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, but the Pacific Tsunami Center reported waves of about 1 foot to over 2 feet slamming ashore in some coastal areas on Kauai.
The @NWS_PTWC has issues a Tsunami Advisory for the entire California coast following the large volcanic eruption near Tonga
Waves are expected to arrive at the California coast at approx 7 am
The State Operations Center is actively coordinating response response efforts
— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) January 15, 2022
The tsunami also reportedly pushed boats out of the water and onto docks in Hawaii, reports WeatherChannel.
No waves had been reported on the U.S. mainland. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said waves could arrive there around 7 a.m. PST with a peak of about 1 to 2 feet. People are being advised to avoid beaches, harbors and marinas.