After an underwater volcano erupted, tsunami warnings were issued for the Pacific coasts of the United States and Canada.


People in Tonga were forced to flee their homes after a massive underwater volcano erupted, prompting tsunami warnings for the United States and Canada’s Pacific coasts.

The US West Coast, from California to Alaska, as well as British Columbia, Canada, are currently under advisories.

It comes after the eruption wreaked havoc on the Pacific nation of Tonga, with social media footage showing homes submerged in water.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano is 40 miles from Nuku’alofa, Tonga’s capital, but its eight-minute eruption was heard nearly 500 miles away in Suva, Fiji, officials said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cancelled an earlier tsunami warning for the US state of Hawaii, resulting in only minor flooding on the islands.

As a precaution, citizens in Japan were advised to stay away from the coast.

Waves of 1.2 meters were recorded earlier on Saturday in Kagoshima Prefecture’s Kominato district of Amami-Oshima island.

This story is being updated.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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