Wellington, New Zealand — A tsunami recommendation was issued across the west coast of the United States after a spectacular eruption of a submarine volcano near the Pacific country of Tonga.
The National Weather Service We issued an advisory just before 5am PST on Saturday. Agents say people should be away from the beach and away from harbors, marina, bays, or coves. People on boats need to look for deeper bodies of water.
The advisory covers all coastal areas from Southern California to Alaska.
The eruption has already sent a large tsunami that collided across the coast of Tonga, rushing people to high ground.
There are still problems with communication with small countries, so there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Videos posted on social media show large waves drifting in coastal areas and swirling around homes and buildings.
New Zealand troops say they are monitoring the situation and are ready to help. Satellite images show a 3-mile wide ash, steam, and gas eruption rising in the air at a height of 12 miles.
Tupou VI of Tonga reportedly evacuated from his palace near the coast, among the many inhabitants headed for security.
About 105,000 people live in Tonga.
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