Tsunami warning issued for Illawarra, NSW | Milton Ulladulla times

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The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for Illawarra and the entire NSW coast following an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga. In issuing the maritime threat warning, the center – operated by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Geoscience Australia – said dangerous rips, waves, strong ocean currents and localized overtopping on the immediate foreshore are possible for several hours from 8:45 p.m. There is no threat of inland flooding, but people are advised to move away from the water’s edge along beaches, marinas, coastal estuaries, harbors and rock platforms. “While evacuations are not required for Marine Alert Zones, residents of these zones are advised to exit the water and move away from the immediate water’s edge,” the BOM said in a statement. announcement on Saturday evening. They also said the tsunami waves were more powerful than beach waves of the same size. “There will be many waves and the first wave may not be the biggest.” Boats in harbours, estuaries or shallow coastal waters must return to shore, while vessels already at sea must remain offshore in waters at least 25 meters deep. People are advised not to go to the beach due to the risk of dangerous and localized flooding. The Bureau said the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted at 3:10 p.m. AEDT on Saturday and tsunami waves were observed following the eruption. The BOM said a tsunami wave height of 1.27m was observed over Norfolk Island at 9pm AEDT and a wave of 82cm was recorded over the Gold Coast at 10.54pm AEDT on Saturday. The SES has ordered the evacuation of lower parts of Lord Howe Island and residents of Norfolk Island are urged to evacuate to higher ground due to the threat of major inland flooding. NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advises: The Bureau will issue its next weather update at 7:25 a.m. AEDT. For the most up-to-date and additional information on tsunami warnings, please call 1300 TSUNAMI (1300 878 626) or visit www.bom.gov.au/tsunami The Illawarra Mercury Newsroom is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here. Sign up to receive up-to-date emails below…



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