The Oregon coast is going through tsunamis, but an advisory is in effect
After an undersea volcano erupted near Tonga's Pacific nation, the entire West Coast, including coastal Oregon, is under the sun.
Along the Oregon and Washington coast, the National Weather Service waves 1 to 2.5 feet.
People should not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, according to the weather service.
Tsunami advisories say a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or near the water is expected or is already occurring, the advisory says. Areas in the advisory should not expect widespread inundation.
Newport will be hit at 8:30 p.m., Long Beach, Washington, at 8:35., and Seaside at 8:45.
The first wave may not be the largest, but later ones may be bigger.
The weather service predicts that tsunami waves will last for at least three hours after the first wave arrives.
Residents in Hawaii, Alaska, and along the West Coast were asked to retreat from the coast to higher ground and meet emergency officials' specific recommendations, according to Dave Snider, the tsunami warning coordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.
We dont give an advisory for this length of coastline as we have done Im not sure when the last time was but it really isnt an everyday experience, said the writer. I hope that increases the importance and severity for our citizens.
Residents should expect for many hours waves and strong and unusual currents, according to Snider. Some low areas that are inundated, such as marinas and harbors, could be affected.
We might see this play out for several hours, but its unclear if this is a volcanic eruption, and were able to measure earthquake or seismic-driven sea waves, he said.
ERUPTION TO VOLCANIC; TSUNAMI EFFECTS ELSEWHERE
In Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported waves slamming ashore from a foot in Nawiliwili, Kauai, to 2.7 feet in Hanalei.
We are relieved that there is no mention of damage and only minor flooding throughout the islands, the center said, describing the situation in Hawaii.
On Tonga, a video from social media showed huge waves washing ashore in coastal areas, swirling around homes and buildings.
Residents of American Samoa were alerted of the tsunami warning, as well as church bells that rang territory-wide. An outdoor siren warning system was out of service. Those who live along the shoreline quickly moved to higher ground
Authorities in the nearby islands of Fiji and Samoa issued warnings and advised people to avoid the shoreline due to strong currents and dangerous waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency claimed there may be a slight swelling of the water along the Japanese coasts, but it was not anticipated to cause any damage.
A convoy of police and military personnel evacuated Tonga's King Tupou VI from his palace near the shore, according to the Islands Business news site.
The latest in a series of spectacular eruptions has been the Hunga Tonga Hunga Haapai volcano explosion.
A Twitter user identified as Dr. Faka'iloatonga Taumoefolau posted a video showing waves falling ashore.
Can literally hear the volcano eruption, sounds pretty violent, he wrote in a later post: Raining ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky.
Scientists observed massive explosions, thunder, and lightning near the volcano after it started erupting early Friday. Satellite images showed a 3-mile wide plume rising into the air to about 12 miles
Authorities in New Zealand were alerted of storm surges as the eruption spreads.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency, some parts of New Zealand might expect "severe and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore following a large volcanic eruption."
A series of volcanic eruptions in the area created a small new island and disrupted international air travel to the Pacific archipelago for several days.
Tonga is home to around ten5,000 people.
The report will be updated.
Jim Ryan and The Associated Press