Emergency Management B.C. issues tsunami advisory for parts of coast following volcanic eruption near Tonga

A volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean has caused people to rush to higher ground along the coast of BC.

Emergency Management BC provided tsunami alert to four coastal areas due to high waves from a mountain near the island of Tonga.

The country is made up of more than 170 islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

There were no reports of injuries.

The tsunami instructions operates on the North Coast with Haida Gwaii; The Central Coast, including Kitimat and Bella Coola, and the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, including Port Hardy; the east coast of Vancouver Island from Cape Scott to Port Renfrew; and Juan de Fuca Strait from the Jordan River to the Greater Victoria, including the Saanich Peninsula.

“Vulnerable coastal residents are advised not to leave the coast and to heed instructions from government officials,” said the tsunami adviser.

It also said that people should not go to the beach to watch the tsunami and never return to the coast until emergency officials say no problem.

“Sailors: if time and weather permit, move your boat to sea at a depth of 180 feet; if at sea avoid getting into shallow water, harbors, marinas, beaches, and harbors to avoid floating and drowning debris and strong waves.,” Emergency Management BC says on its page.

Waves are expected to arrive in Langara at 8:30 am and Tofino at 8:50 am.

Instruction means that strong currents are possible. The highest level is a “warning”, which includes a complete evacuation rather than just off the coast.

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