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Long Beach & rest of western US under a tsunami warning after volcano erupts in Pacific



A Tsunami warning has been issued for the Western United States, plus Alaska and Hawaii after an underwater volcano erupted near Tongo in the Pacific Ocean.


Details:

Hours ago, an underwater volcano near the Polynesian island nation of Tonga erupted, causing violent waves to crash ashore; flooding even reached the capital of Nuku'alofa.

  • Tonga's King Tupou VI was evacuated from the Royal Palace after the tsunami flooded the capital, RNZ reported.

  • It is unknown the severity of the damage at this time due to an internet outage across Tongo.



Back home:

The National Weather Service has warned California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska residents to move off the beach and stay out of harbors and marinas.

  • There are reports of flooding in Santa Cruz with images of capsized boats in the harbor, and in Orange County, a sheriff's helicopter was spotted, warning people to stay off the beach.

  • The City of Long Beach alerted residents to expect "small rip currents and tidal changes near beaches and harbors at 7:50 am."

  • The National Weather Service in San Diego says waves have arrived and will continue throughout the afternoon.



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