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The Oregon coast is hit by tsunami waves, and an advisory is effective

The Oregon coast is hit by tsunami waves, and an advisory is effective

The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami advisory for the West Coast.

According to the National Weather Service, the advisory is being implemented because of a massive underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga on Friday night.

Tsunami advisories mean that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves harmful to persons in or near the water is anticipated or already occurring, the advisory says.

Newport will be hit by the waves at 8:30 a.m., Long Beach, Washington, at 8:35., and Seaside at 8:45.

The first wave may not be the biggest, but later waves may be bigger.

The weather service anticipates tsunami waters to continue for at least three hours after the first wave arrives.

People should not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, according to the agency. Residents should keep an eye on emergency instructions from local officials.

This report will be updated.

Jim Ryan

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