Evacuations are underway across parts of the California coastline after a tsunami caused widespread flooding.
The tsunami was sparked by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending tsunami waves rolling thousands of miles across the Pacific.
There are already reports of flooding as waters surged onto Northern California beaches and into coastal harbors, causing evacuations and minor flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area.
NBC News reports that 113 people were evacuated from the Berkeley Marina near San Francisco.
Brooke Bingaman was at Del Monte Beach.
“Tsunami energy arriving at Del Monte Beach,” she posted. “Wave run up onto the beach is impressive. I’m safely distanced, but I saw other folks have to scramble when the waves unexpectedly reached them.”
The National Weather Service issued the alert tweeting — “The arriving tsunami will come in pulses of surging water levels onto and off of the coast, similar to “high tide”. Do not expect to identify these arriving pulses by large cresting waves/surf. These water level surges can overwhelm and overtake people and pull them out to sea.”
WATCH: Tsunami from Tonga volcano eruption starting to cause minor flooding in Santa Cruz, California pic.twitter.com/ELq8IKMEUV— BNO News (@BNONews) January 15, 2022
BREAKING: Flooding in Santa Cruz, California as a result of a tsunami caused by the Tonga volcano eruption— UberFacts (@UberFacts) January 15, 2022
A tsunami warning is in effect for the U.S. West Coastpic.twitter.com/FlS5e4mUAQ
WATCH: Tsunami from volcano eruption in Tonga reaches Neskowin, Oregon pic.twitter.com/w1X9zb2zbt— BNO News (@BNONews) January 15, 2022