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Volcano erupts in Pacific, West Coast including San Francisco Bay under tsunami warning

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Volcano erupts in Pacific, West Coast including San Francisco Bay under tsunami warning

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (KGO) – A tsunami advisory has been issued for the west coast, including right here in the Bay Area.

It comes after a tsunami hit Tonga’s largest island, sending waves flooding the capital after an undersea volcano exploded in the South Pacific in a violent eruption.

Berkeley police say people living in the marina or area should evacuate immediately. The Berkeley Fire Department has ordered a mandatory evacuation in the marina area or those living in the area due to the tsunami warning. Waves of 2 to 3 feet are expected around 7:30 a.m.

Meteorologists Drew Tuma and Lisa Argen say a high tide in San Francisco is expected at 9:09 a.m. at 6 feet…..if we see a 1-2 foot rise from this tsunami, that would look pretty to what we’ve been through with royal tides

Police say for residents on the ocean side, clear beaches, campgrounds, low-lying areas should stay informed.

Any area or structure affected by high king tides likely to be impacted from the bay side. Cruise ships will be impacted. Height expected between 0.6 and 0.9 meters (3 feet), initial impact between 07:35 and 08:00 – but impact will develop within hours. High tide at Golden Gate is at 9:00 am. Should not impact residential areas that are not affected by bad King Tides.

Satellite imagery shows the volcanic eruption and massive ash cloud and shock waves spreading from the eruption.

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A tsunami warning has been issued for the Tonga Islands.

Tsunami warnings have also been issued as far as New Zealand’s North Island.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center declared tsunami waves 2.7 meters high on Tonga’s largest island.

No word yet on injuries.

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