Tsunami advisory in effect for part of U.S. West Coast after volcanic eruption: "Move away from the shore and head to high ground"
"A Tsunami is occurring," the National Tsunami Warning Center said.
A tsunami advisory is in effect for parts of the West Coast of the United States and Alaska after a volcano erupted in the Pacific. "A Tsunami is occurring," the National Weather Service's National Tsunami Warning Center said on Saturday.
"Move away from the shore and head to high ground," it said, warning that the first wave may not be the largest.
A tsunami advisory — meaning "a dangerous wave is on the way" — was issued for the West Coast and Alaska in the morning. But by later Saturday evening, it had been reduced to only parts of the coastline:
The California coast from the Orange/San Diego Line, California, to the Oregon-California border, including San Francisco Bay.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson said that American citizens in Tonga and Fiji have been alerted to a tsunami warning. According to an alert by the U.S. embassy, Tonga's Meteorological Services have issued advisories for heavy rain, flash flooding and strong winds in lands and coastal waters and Fijian authorities cautioned residents to stay away from coastal areas.