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Illawarra beaches closed after tsunami warning issued for parts of Australia’s east coast

Dangerous surf conditions have been forecasted after a tsunami warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. Picture: Surf Life Saving NSW

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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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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