Mexico presented sea level rise on the Pacific coast due to a volcano explosion in Tonga

The Mexican Pacific coasts have registered a slight rise in the sea this Saturday morning after the explosion of an underwater volcano near Tonga in states like Baja California and Colima.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also issued an advisory for several North Pacific coasts, including the coasts of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico; However, the Civil Protection authorities in Baja ruled out a tsunami and only ask people not to go into the sea., since there could be high waves, above normal.

Tijuana Civil Protection establishes that the automated system only provides basic information in which, in this case, it predicts a possible impact of waves and times being between 30 cm. (1 foot) to 60 cm. (2 feet) on the coasts, at approximately 07:50 hours.

“For Tijuana, said impact is null or imperceptible due to the morphology of our cliff coasts.Therefore, TIJUANA CIVIL PROTECTION only recommends being aware of the indications of our Lifeguards from the Fire Department, with whom we have continuous and close coordination. IT IS NOT NECESSARY to carry out evacuations or from homes, businesses or other types of real estate, ”they indicated.

However, minimal variations in sea level and possible changes in currents near the coastline were recorded.

While the sea level on the beaches of Acapulco, Guerrero registered an increase after the eruption of said submarine volcano, reported this Saturday, January 15, Raúl Arámbula Mendoza, director of the University Center for Volcanological Studies of the University of Colima.

An increase in the tide level of 20 to 30 centimeters is being observed”, said Arámbula Mendoza in an interview for FOROtv.

The violent eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga, in the South Pacific, caused a tsunami that has hit the coast of this island nation and that has also set off alarms in other countries in the region.

“Waves of about 1.2 meters have been recorded in Nuku’alofa”, capital of Tonga, with 24,500 inhabitants, the Australian Meteorological Service reported on Twitter.

The local authorities of Tonga, with some 71,000 inhabitants, have not reported any victims at the moment, while local media warn that several areas of the country remain incommunicado.

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai submarine volcano, located about 65 kilometers north of the Tongan island of Tongatapu, recorded a eruption of about eight minutes around 5:20 p.m. local time (4:20 a.m. GMT) and launched a huge column of ash kilometers high.

The violent explosion was recorded in images taken by satellites, reported the Weather Service of the US island of Hawaii.

The fierce onslaught of the waves hit some 15 minutes later the houses and buildings located on the first line of the north coast of Tongatapu, according to videos posted on social networks by witnesses, some of whom took refuge on the roof of their houses.

Another recording shows at least five people, including children, sheltered in a local church just as the water begins to hit the windows of the religious compound.

A driver caught in his flight the sudden rise of the waters, which was going smashing walls and fences, while another car tried to avoid being caught by traveling in reverse.

The station Radio New Zealand informs of panic scenes where people try to flee to inland areas.

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai already recorded a increased activity that temporarily triggered another tsunami warning, but that did not translate into rising waters.

In view of the current emergency, the Tongan authorities have asked the entire population stay away from beaches and coastlines until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (3:00 GMT) and the use of a mask in the face of ash rain.

Unlike tsunamis triggered by earthquakes, where tectonic plates unload their force and a second tsunami is unlikely to recur, the volcano could re-register a violent eruption that would create another ferocious tidal wave.

In addition to Tonga, the neighboring island states of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu They also issued a tsunami warning, which threatens the coast of New Zealand, more than 2,300 kilometers away from the volcano.

(Credit: Geological Survey of Tonga)

More than 100 families from two villages on the Samoan island of Savaii have been evacuated.Police reported, while photos posted on social media show that waves have hit part of Vanua Levu Island in northeastern Fiji.

Vanuatu authorities called the “immediate evacuation” of coastal areas due to strong currents and waves.

For its part, the New Zealand Emergency Management Agency indicated on Twitter that they expect “strong currents and unusual unpredictable swells” on the north and east coast of the North Island and the Chatham Islands of the oceanic country.

(With information from EFE)

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