A tsunami hit Japan after the eruption of the volcano in Tonga

Witness footage in Japan captures the alert call for the possible arrival of large waves after the eruption of the volcano in Tonga

The first waves of a tsunami arrived on Saturday night to the shores of Japan, lighting the alarms in the country, and forcing the authorities to take a series of measures.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a tsunami alert on the east coast of the archipelago, with special risk in the group of Amami and Tokara islands (southwest), after the eruption, earlier this Saturday, of an underwater volcano in Tonga.

The Japanese meteorological agency forecasts waves of up to 3 meters high in the aforementioned Amami and Tokara, where The arrival of the first wave, 1.2 meters high, was already observed.

Images from the Japanese meteorological service on the Tsunami alert after the eruption in Tonga (JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY)

The waves could reach the Japanese coasts in the areas of Hokkaido, Chiba, Tokyo, Iwate, Hokkaido or Kagoshima, and the authorities are asking the population to stay away from the sea and evacuate to some high place.

The tsunami off the Japanese coast occurs hours after the violent eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga, in the South Pacific, will provoke this Saturday another one that has hit the coasts of this island nation and that has also set off alarms in other countries in the region.

This is how the violent eruption of the volcano in Tonga was observed from space

Images recorded by neighbors and shared on social networks showed traffic jams on the local roads of the island on their way to evacuate to high places, where they finally headed on foot.

For the moment No injuries or significant damage have been reported, although, according to testimonies collected by the public channel NHK, in the city of Muroto (Kochi, west), where a tsunami of up to 80 centimeters was recorded, several boats were swept away by the tide.

Evacuation in Japan before the tsunami warning

Dozens of observed tsunamis of up to 90 centimeters along the Japanese Pacific coast, from the southern island of Kyushu to the northern island of Hokkaido, and the authorities have issued as a precaution evacuation orders affecting more than 165,000 people as of 3:00 local time (18:00 GMT on Saturday).

In a press conference held some two hours after midnight, when he issued the initial alert, the JMA warned of the difficulty in predicting the tsunami, given its differences with the phenomenon caused by earthquakes, and asked to remain alert to potential damage to coasts and riverbanks.

The image shows the volcanic eruption that caused a tsunami in Tonga and that has just touched Japanese coasts (Photo by Handout / NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS (JAPAN) / AFP)
The image shows the volcanic eruption that caused a tsunami in Tonga and that has just touched Japanese coasts (Photo by Handout / NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS (JAPAN) / AFP)

The organization explained that, although they had observed changes in sea levels during the afternoon, they did not think were causing the eruption. It was not until night when they observed changes that exceeded one meter in height and they chose to activate the alert and warnings throughout the east coast, as a precaution.

“We don’t know at this time if this is a tsunami, but a strong tidal change has been observed, so we are urging residents to respond.”an official told a news conference.

The meteorological agency warned of the risk that repeated tsunami waves hit the same area in later hours, even higher than the initial one, although it will not be until morning when the impact of the tsunami can begin to be evaluated.

With information from AFP and EFE

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