A Tsunami Advisory Was Issued For BC After A Volcano Erupted In Tonga

"Do not go to the shore to observe the tsunami."

A Tsunami Advisory Was Issued For BC After A Volcano Erupted In Tonga
Western Canada Editor

A tsunami advisory is in effect for parts of B.C. after a volcano erupted near Tonga.

The underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean erupted on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shores of the South Pacific islands and flooding Tonga's capital city Nuku'alofa.

Now, a tsunami advisory has been issued for the north coast and Haida Gwaii, the central coast and northeast Vancouver Island, the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, and the Juan de Fuca Strait coast.

"Wave activity" is expected in Langara at 8:30 a.m. PT and Tofino at 8:50 a.m. PT.

People in coastal areas that are at risk are advised to stay away from the shoreline.


If you are in a tsunami advisory area, you should:

  • Get out of the water, off the beach, and stay away from harbours, marinas, breakwaters, bays and inlets.
  • Not return to the coast until local emergency officials say it is safe to do so.
People who own boats have been told to move their vessels out to sea to a depth of at least 180 feet.

According to CNN, the eruption has also prompted tsunami advisories for New Zealand's North Island and the west coast of the United States from California to Alaska.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Daniel Milligan
Western Canada Editor