Following the underwater eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in the Tonga Islands, “abnormal sea level movements” are expected in New Caledonia this Saturday evening.
Published on January 15, 2022 at 6:02 p.m.,
updated on January 15, 2022 at 6:43 p.m.
It’s a volcanic eruption in Tonga that has repercussions all the way to us. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano erupted on Friday and since then a tsunami warning has been issued in the archipelago.
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In New Caledonia, the effects could be felt this Saturday, January 15 around 6 p.m. with “from abnormal movements of the sea level” expected on the east coast, the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines.
No risk of submersion
According to the Directorate of Civil Security, Caledonia does not present “no risk of significant submersion of the coast. Abnormal movements of the sea level as well as abnormal currents in the passes and the ports could be observed, on all the communes of the east coast.”
In view of this information, however, the Civil Security and Risk Management Department calls on the population to be cautious and to stay informed. “Insofar as there is no risk of significant submersion of the coast, the population does not have to go to the high points or the refuge areas. However, they are invited to move away from the beaches.”
The greatest caution remains in order.
In the Tonga Islands, the first images of the effects of the volcano are already circulating: