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L'éruption du volcan des îles Tonga, vue d'un satellite.

Tsunami Warning for the West Coast of the United States

A tsunami alert was issued Saturday morning for the west coast of the United States, as Hawaii has already been hit. “Small flood”, After a volcanic eruption in the Tonga archipelago on Friday, according to the U.S. Meteorological Service. “Leave Beaches, Ports and Marinas” In the affected areas, the National Weather Service (NWS) recommends that the U.S. Hawaiian Islands report no damage and only “minor relief” from minor flooding.

The NWS says the states of California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia, could be affected. “Major expected impacts are strong currents and flooding in coastal and low-lying areas”, Weather service warns.

Hundreds of miles away from the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’bai volcano – a tsunami of about 1.2 meters caused by a new eruption heard hundreds of miles away – residents of the Tonga Islands fled to higher ground on Saturday. The explosion lasted eight minutes and was heard very loudly. “Like a distant thunder “ In the Fiji Islands, 800 km away, Fiji officials said.

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