TSUNAMI ADVISORY – NO LOCAL EVACUATION AT THIS TIME

Forecasted time of tsunami landfall in Valdez has passed.

7:50am Update – No change to advisory status. No local evacuation necessary at this time. Forecast start time for potential Tsunami landfall in Valdez is 8:35am AKST. National Tsunami Warning Center reports one foot wave in western Aleutian Islands.

A volcanic eruption in Tonga has prompted a tsunami advisory for all of coastal Alaska, including Valdez. The City of Valdez is monitoring the situation and there is no local evacuation necessary at this time. Below is a report on the tsunami from CNN.

6:15am Update from City of Valdez. No changes to message above. Next update 6:45am

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(CNN)A tsunami has hit Tonga’s largest island, Tongatapu, and reportedly sent waves flooding into the capital after an underwater volcano in the South Pacific exploded in a violent eruption on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and gas steam into the air.

A tsunami warning has been issued for the islands of Tonga. Tsunami advisories have also been issued for New Zealand’s North Island and the west coast of the United States from California to Alaska, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.

Satellite imagery shows a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption.

Waves crossed the shoreline of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, on Saturday, flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ).
Tonga’s King Tupou VI was evacuated from the Royal Palace after the tsunami flooded the capital, RNZ reported, citing local media reports that a convoy of police and troops rushed the monarch to a villa at Mata Ki Eua.
Residents headed for higher ground, RNZ said, as waves swept the palace grounds, waterfront and main street.