An underwater volcanic eruption on the South Pacific Island of Tonga has made for a wide tsunami advisory that has now reached the North Coast of British Columbia.
This Morning the City of Prince Rupert issued a Tsunami Advisory for water front areas of the community, with the public advised to avoid the waterfront area until further notice. The city notes in their advisory that this is not an evacuation.
Officials note that they are in contact with the Province and will provide updates as they become available.
For the moment, the advice is: Do NOT go to the shore to observe the tsunami, and do not return to the shoreline until you receive an update through their information stream
Where time and conditions permit, boat operators are advised to move your boat out to sea to a depth of at least 180 feet; if at sea avoid entering shallow water, harborus, marinas, bays, and inlets to avoid floating and submerged debris and strong currents.
Areas in Red from the map below, indicate where on the waterfront the advisory is in effect
The Province's Emergency Information System outlined a wide list of coastal areas of impact for British Columbians including residents of Haida Gwaii that are currently under the Tsunami Advisory.
More on the provincial notes is available here.
You can follow the items of interest coming out of Tonga through the Twitter feed of #TongaVolcano
Updates as more information becomes available
Notes on past seismic events can be reviewed from our archive page.