by Photo courtesy of the Weather Service

The U.S. meteorological service issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific coast on Saturday morning due to the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on the island of Tonga, near Hawaii.

Radio New Zealand reported that the volcano erupted on Friday, spewing ash for a radius of about 20 kilometers.

The second, stronger eruption occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time and the Baja California Peninsula.

The eruption prompted a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska, and for Canadian British Columbia. By jurisdiction, the U.S. service does not mention the Mexican coast.

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai is a submarine volcano in the vicinity of Tonga, in Polynesia in the South Pacific, near the island of Fiji.

The weather service in New Zealand reported that in addition to the eruption there are heavy rains in the region.


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