Costa Rica orders caution in the Pacific after volcanic eruption in Tonga

San José, Jan 15 (EFE) .- Costa Rican authorities ordered this Saturday caution on its Pacific coast due to the possibility of currents and waves resulting from a tsunami caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga. “The National Emergency Commission requests to suspend water activities in the coastal zone of the Pacific slope and not be on the beach this Saturday for a period of at least one hour, specifically from 12:30 pm (18:30 GMT) to 1:30 p.m. (19:30 GMT),” indicates an official statement. The CNE explained that “an extraordinary impact is not expected” but that it is necessary to maintain vigilance and caution on the Pacific coast. The National Tsunami Monitoring System of the state National University indicated that for Costa Rica “it is possible that strong currents and waves may occur as a result of the tsunami caused by the eruption of the volcano in Tonga.” The authorities made a call to the tourist establishments and businesses that are developed in the coastal line so that they redouble the precaution and inform their clients. A violent eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga, in the South Pacific, caused a tsunami that has hit the coast of that island nation and has also set off alarms in other nations in the ocean region.

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