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Tsunami advisory issued, waves reach Oregon coast after volcanic eruption near Tonga

 Lightning Striking the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'Apai Volcano in Tonga during eruption
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Lightning Striking the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'Apai Volcano in Tonga during eruption

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami advisory this morning, Saturday, January 15, for the coast of Oregon, Washington and California, due to a large undersea volcanic eruption near Tonga, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported.

Residents in coastal areas are advised to move off beaches and out of harbors and marinas. Waves of 1 to 3 feet along the coast of Oregon and Washington are expected. The first waves arrived at the Oregon Coast around 8 a.m. and could continue for up to 24 hours.

“Stay away from port harbors and low-lying beaches, because those strong currents can still cause a lot of damage, and you could be potentially risking your life,” Oregon OEM Geologic Hazards Coordinator Althea Rizzo said.

Rizzo said it is important to know if your home, work, school, etc., are in a tsunami inundation zone.

For information on tsunami and tsunami hazards visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/Tsunami.aspx

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      1. Thats quite hefty. A tidal (Tsunami) wave of that size range hitting the pacific coast at High Tide could create surges between 5-20 ft depending on how high the tide is at the time.

  1. Our SUVs are the biggest danger to coastal cities. FYI. From my friends… Santa Cruz flooded up from the harbors a hundred yards or so. A surf heat hit and some guys had to be rescued. Not much happened around Hawaii. Just some big swells that lasted an hour or so.

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