Japan issues tsunami warning after major volcanic eruption

The tsunami follows a major eruption from an underwater volcano 65km south of the island nation of Tonga

A tsunami warning has been issued for Japan’s entire east coast, as well as the southern Amami island and the Takara island chain.

A tsunami triggered by the undersea volcanic eruption has already hit the Pacific nation of Tonga and prompted multiple other nations to issue warnings, including the United States and Japan. 

The eruption was so big it was seen from space.

Residents were warned to evacuate from coastal and riverside areas and seek higher ground for the early hours of Sunday, January 16, with waves expected to reach as high as three meters. 

Some local media reported that tsunami waves had already reached the coast of Tohoku and Okinawa early Sunday.

Tsunami Warning has been isuued on January 16, 00:15 am, A tsunami with an estimated height 1-3m is expected to strike the coastal regions of Kagoshima-Amami Islands & Tokara Islands.#JNTO

— Japan Safe Travel (JST) (@JapanSafeTravel) January 15, 2022

The strictest advisory is for the Amami and Tokari Islands, where waves could reach three meters. Other areas should not be expecting heights more than a meter, according to data from Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

A map from the agency shows the country’s entire east coast lit up with a yellow tsunami “advisory” while parts of the the island chain to the south have red warnings.

Japan issues tsunami warning for Amami and Tokara islands, tsunami advisory for entire east coast pic.twitter.com/jq9OVeiVA2

— BNO News (@BNONews) January 15, 2022

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