Tsunami Advisory Canceled For Oregon Coast

(UPDATE) – The Tsunami Advisory that was issued for the West Coast has been canceled.  There are no reports of any damage or injuries on the Oregon or Washington coasts.

Portland, ORE. — (UPDATE)  The first waves from a tsunami have reached the Oregon coast.

 

(Palmer, AK) — The U.S. West Coast is under a tsunami advisory after an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific.


The coasts of Oregon, Hawaii, California, Washington and Alaska could be affected according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. An advisory warns residents to stay out of water and away from beaches and waterways. The estimated arrival time along the Oregon coast about 8:30 Saturday Morning.

The undersea volcano is near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending large tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground.

Satellite Photo Courtesy National Weather Service

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage on Tonga as communications with the small nation remain cut off. Footage showed large waves washing ashore, swirling around homes and buildings.

New Zealand’s military says it’s on standby if needed. Satellite images show a 3-mile-wide plume of ash, steam and gas rising into the air 12 miles high. Tonga’s King Tupou VI was reportedly evacuated from his palace near the shore, among the many residents who headed for safety. About 105,000 people live in Tonga.



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