Peruvian Navy explains why it did not issue a tsunami warning

Peruvian Navy explains why it did not issue a tsunami warning

Several countries located on the Pacific coast alerted their population about a possible tsunami after the volcano eruption in Nukualofa, located in Tonga. However, in the Peruvian case, the authorities did not issue any warning, although hours later various beaches showed abnormal waves. In this regard the Peruvian Navy presented a statement explaining why they did not rule in advance on these events.

According to the letter “the respective evaluation was carried out and it was determined that said phenomenon (volcanic eruption in Tonga) does not cause a tsunami alert on our coasts”. This conclusion was reached after the work of the National Tsunami Warning Center, organism that constantly monitors the conditions of our sea.

However, the behavior of the sea was different than usual and came to alert various bathers and It even affected businesses near the coast, such as those located on Lagunillas beach in Paracas.. In the San Andrés area, according to Canal N, various boats ended up damaged by the strong waves that were recorded.

Peruvian Navy explains why it did not issue a tsunami warning
Peruvian Navy explains why it did not issue a tsunami warning

The Navy pointed out that it was notified of the commented behavior of the coastal waters, but pointed out that this happened “not having presented the technical conditions required for the determination of tsunami warning in accordance with the protocols established by the National Tsunami Warning System”. According to the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN), so far there are 22 ports on the north and center coast that are closed due to the unusual behavior of the waters of the Pacific Ocean.


The National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) has published a list of recommendations regarding the abnormal waves reported in different areas of the Peruvian coast. The institution asks citizens to pay attention to the warnings and recommendations of the authorities regarding access to the sea. It recommends paying special attention to what the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation (DHN) and the Emergency Operations Center communicate.

In addition, Indeci recommends that for no reason do you enter the sea if there is an announcement that prohibits doing so and warns that tents and other equipment should not be installed near the seashore. For those who own boats, it is requested that they be duly anchored to the docks and ports. To athletes, the authority recommends avoiding doing any type of sports or recreational activity during the period of unusual waves.

Peruvian Navy explains why it did not issue a tsunami warning
Peruvian Navy explains why it did not issue a tsunami warning

For its part, the National Hydrography Directorate reported that a 4.1 earthquake surprised the inhabitants of the province of Tarata in Tacna; however, they assured that this telluric movement would not generate a tsunami on the Peruvian coast.

In the case of Chile, its coasts witnessed a tsunami of two meters. The largest waves were felt in some cities in the north of the country such as Iquique and Atacama, where slight flooding occurred, as confirmed by the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA).

“These events are anomalies that do not respond to a known pattern. Until now, little has happened, but we are alert”, affirmed SHOA Admiral Leonardo Chávez. During the day, the evacuation of the coasts was ordered in 14 of the 16 regions of Chile, which has more than 6,400 kilometers of coastline, and a “red alert” was decreed in six specific areas, in which a security level of 30 meters above sea level.


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