Tsunami advisory issued for Bay Area following volcanic eruption

A tsunami advisory was issued Saturday morning along the West Coast, including parts of the Bay Area, as weather officials told residents to avoid coastal waters.

The National Weather Service said there could be up to a couple feet of flooding at beaches at harbor areas in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco and Berkeley, during the morning hours.

The tsunami waves are expected to “arrive in pulses” throughout the day, the National Weather Service tweeted.

In Monterey, waves of about 8 inches began arriving shortly after 8 a.m. near beach areas, a rapid rise from tides of roughly half that length earlier in the morning.

The weather service’s announcement early Saturday prompted the San Francisco Department of Emergency to order residents to “self-evacuate” or call 911 if they were near the coast.

“Stay away from San Francisco beaches, harbor and marina docks, and piers until the city issues an official notice that it is safe to return,” the department said in an alert.

The Berkeley Fire Department, meanwhile, ordered the mandatory evacuation of residents living at or near the city’s Marina neighborhood due to similar flooding risks.

Weather officials are attributing the tsunami risk to a volcanic eruption early Saturday that struck Tongatpu, an island in Tonga, triggering tsunami warnings up and down the West Coast.

#TsunamiAdvisory remains in effect for the #WestCoast, with peak tsunami wave heights of 1 to 2 feet possible. Main impacts expect to be strong rip currents, coastal flooding, and inundation of low lying areas is possible. Move to higher ground. #CAwx

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— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) January 15, 2022

A Tsunami *Advisory* remains in effect for our area this morning. Wondering what this means? Here’s a graphic explaining more along with what actions you should take. #cawx pic.twitter.com/0LvfaCSBdo

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) January 15, 2022

Check back for updates. writer Paul Rogers contributed reporting to this story. 

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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