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West Coast under tsunami advisory after volcano erupts near Tonga

West Coast under tsunami advisory after volcano erupts near Tonga
The eruption sent large waves crashing across the shore in Tonga and people rushing to higher ground.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground.New Zealand's military said it was monitoring the situation and remained on standby, ready to assist if asked.More than 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) away in New Zealand, officials were warning of storm surges from the eruption.The National Emergency Management Agency said some parts of New Zealand could expect "strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore following a large volcanic eruption.

In Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported waves slamming ashore from half a meter (a foot) in Nawiliwili, Kauai, to 2.The Tonga Meteorological Services said a tsunami warning was declared for all of the archipelago, and data from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center showed waves of 2.

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