The tsunami triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga on Saturday has not had a disastrous effect on China’s coast so far, the Tsunami Advisory Center of China’s Ministry of National Resources said on Sunday.
The center told the Global Times in a statement that the transoceanic tsunami triggered by the eruption of Hunga Tonga, a volcano located at the subduction boundary between the Pacific plate and the Indo-Australian plate, affected the entire Pacific coastal region. .
“Countries like Chile, Japan and New Zealand have been monitoring tsunami waves with the highest amplitude of 1.5 meters. But the waves have not had a disastrous effect on the Chinese coast, as China monitored tsunami waves earlier on Sunday with a peak amplitude of about 20 centimeters detected in east China’s Zhejiang province, the Tsunami Advisory Center said.
Hunga Tonga erupted several times in 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2021. Its eruptions have not stopped as of press time and can last a few weeks or months, the center added.
Countries like Japan, New Zealand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Chile and Australia have issued tsunami warnings.
The tsunami arrived Saturday evening on the Pacific coast of Japan. It hit Amami and Tokara islands first, then spread to the coast of Iwate prefecture, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warning that waves of up to three meters could hit some areas, reported the Japan Times.
The Chinese Consulate General in Osaka on Sunday warned Chinese citizens to be careful after Japan continuously issued tsunami warnings and disaster prevention instructions for several cities along the coast.
Pay close attention to the latest disaster warning and prevention information released by JMA and avoid traveling to dangerous locations as secondary risks related to the tsunami may continue to occur, the Consulate General said.