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Lima, January 15, 2022Updated on 01/15/2022 12:26 pm

Tsunami alerts were issued this Saturday morning for the west coast of U.S, while Hawaii has been affected by “minor flooding”, following the eruption of a volcano on the Tonga islands on Friday, according to the US weather services.

“Come out of the beaches, harbors and marinas” along coastlines from lower California state (west) to the tip of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, said the US National Weather Service, which predicted waves of up to 60 centimeters, strong currents and coastal flooding.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “a tsunami is currently being observed” in the Hawaiian archipelago, but added that “no damage was reported and there was only minor flooding on the islands.”

Scared Tongan islanders fled to higher ground when the eruption triggered a tsunami with a wave of less than 1.5 meters observed in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa.

Several Pacific nations have issued similar warnings, including New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and Australia.

Chile also launched an alert for its coastal strip. The National Emergency Office (Onemi) of Chile warned this Saturday about the possibility of reaching Easter Island -3,300 km west of the Chilean coast, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean- a “minor tsunami” after the Tonga incident. .

In any case, the Geoscientific Network of Chile highlighted that the tsunami that would reach the Polynesian island would reach a maximum of 30 centimeters.

The latest eruption of Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano lasted at least eight minutes and sent plumes of gas, ash and smoke several kilometers high.

That came just hours after a separate tsunami warning was issued on Friday due to a previous eruption.

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