ILLAWARRA’S beaches remain closed today after a tsunami warning was issued for parts of the east coast of Australia last night.
The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano (near Tonga) erupted at 3.10pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Tsunami waves have been observed as a result of the eruption.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said the size of the Tsunami waves means the threat is for the marine environment on the east coast of Australia, and for land on Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island; however the situation will be closely monitored and warnings updated as required.
While evacuations are not necessary on the Australian mainland, there is a high possibility of dangerous rips, waves and ocean currents, and some localised overflow onto the immediate foreshore.
Surf Life Saving NSW have closed beaches. People are advised not to enter the water and not to visit beaches.
Tsunami Bulletin: http://www.bom.gov.au/tsunami/nsw_alerts.shtml
For emergency assistance in flood, storm and tsunami call the NSW SES on 132 500
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