(NEXSTAR) – At 7:52 a.m. the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that the tsunami advisory for Hawaii is ended.
A tsunami advisory has been issued for parts of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington after an undersea volcano erupted in the Tonga Islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued the tsunami Advisory for the Hawai‘i at 12:40 a.m. HST on Saturday, Jan. 15. PTWC said the situation is being monitored and the advisory was canceled at 7:52 a.m.
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The state reported no major tsunami was expected to strike Hawai‘i. The state says the water displaced by the volcanic activity caused unusual sea level changes and alterations to typical sea currents starting at about 1:05 a.m. Saturday.
The volcano erupted on Friday, Jan. 14 at 6:27 p.m. HST.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, also operated by the NOAA, had issued its own advisory for the state of Hawaii, warning that waves may be a hazard to swimmers, boaters, or anyone near the shore.
The state has partially activated the Emergency Operations Center at the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).
The National Tsunami Warning Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), added that “some impacts are expected” along the West Coast of the United States.
Specifically, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued the advisory for the following areas:
- The coast of the California/Mexico border to the Oregon/California border, including San Francisco Bay
- The coast of Oregon, from the California/Oregon border to the Washington/Oregon border, including the Columbia River estuary coast
- The outer coast of Washington from the Oregon/Washington border to Slip Point, Columbia River estuary coast, and the Juan de Fuca Strait coast
- In British Columbia, from the north coast and Haida Gwaii, the central coast and northeast Vancouver Island, the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, the Juan de Fuca Strait coast
- In Southeast Alaska, including the inner and outer coast from the British Columbia/Alaska border to Cape Fairweather
- In South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula, including the Pacific coasts from Cape Fairweather to Unimak Pass
- The Aleutian Islands , Unimak Pass to Attu, including the Pribilof Islands
More detailed maps can be found at the NOAA’s Tsunami Warning System website.
Tsunami activity was expected to begin as early as 6 a.m. in parts of Alaska, 7:35 a.m. in parts of California, 7:55 a.m. in parts of Oregon, 8:30 a.m. in parts of British Columbia, and 8:35 a.m. in parts of Washington.
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The tsunami, caused by an undersea volcano located about 40 miles from Tonga’s capital and visible from space, sent waves crashing across Tonga’s shorelines, the Associated Press reported on Saturday morning. There were no immediate reports of injuries.