Parts of the Queensland coast is on a marine tsunami alert after a volcanic eruption near Tonga earlier today.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a marine tsunami warning for Sandy Cape down to Point Danger including Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast Waters.
While evacuations are not necessary for these areas, the warning does advise people to get out of the water and move away from the immediate water's edge.
Evacuation Order Issued for #LordHoweIsland. Land Threat for #NorfolkIsland. Marine Threat for #NSW, #QLD, #TAS, #VIC, #MacquarieIsland. #Tsunami Warning after volcanic eruption near TONGA ISLANDS. Latest info here: https://t.co/Tynv3ZQpEq. pic.twitter.com/wliDqjgYbB— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) January 15, 2022
The warning comes with a possibility of dangerous rips, waves, strong ocean current and some localised overflow along coastal foreshores.
It may last several hours.
The weather bureau’s warning extends down the east coast of Australia.
Earlier today, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano (near Tonga) erupted at 3:10pm AEDT and tsunami waves have been observed as a result of the eruption.
“The size of these waves means the threat is for the marine environment for 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,” the bureau warns.
“Tsunami waves are more powerful than the same size beach waves. There will be many waves and the first wave may not be the largest.”
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