WORLD Japan's weather agency warns of tsunami following volcanic eruption in Tonga


Japan's weather agency warns of tsunami following volcanic eruption in Tonga


09:21, January 16, 2022

Footage by Japan's Himawari-8 satellite shows the volcanic eruption that provoked a tsunami in Tonga. (Photo: AFP)

TOKYO, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Saturday midnight issued a tsunami warning following an earlier volcanic eruption in Tonga.

The weather agency warned of the tsunami on the country's Pacific coast and urged residents to evacuate from seaside areas.

The tsunami was triggered following the massive underwater volcanic eruption in the South Pacific island country of Tonga on Saturday.

A Meteorological Agency map shows areas under a tsunami warning (red) and an advisory (yellow) as of early Sunday morning. (Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency)

So far, part of the Amami Island saw a tsunami about 1.2-meter high, while many eastern Pacific coastal areas were hit by a tsunami of 0.4-to-0.6-meter high, according to the JMA.

The agency has predicted that a 3-meter tsunami may hit some of Japan's southwestern islands including Amami Island, while other Pacific coastal areas will likely be hit by a tsunami around 1-meter high.

After the agency issued the tsunami warning and advisories, the government set up a liaison office at the prime minister's office to gather information.

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