Peru – 2 dead after Tonga volcano triggers coastal flooding – FloodList

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Two people have died in Peru after the eruption of an underwater volcano thousands of miles off the coast of Tonga caused high waves along the Peruvian coast on January 16, 2022.

Volcanic eruption in Tonga, January 15, 2022. Image: Tonga Meteorological Services, Government of Tonga

The National Civil Defense Institute of Peru (INDECI) reported strong waves in the regions of La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Ica and Arequipa. Twenty-two ports on the north and central coasts have been closed and fishing activities suspended.

Buildings were damaged in the popular tourist area of ​​Paracas, Ica region and some residents and visitors were evacuated. INDECI reported that two people drowned in the high waves in the district of Lambayeque, located in the province and region of the same name.

Tonga volcanic eruption

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai submarine volcano in northern Tonga erupted on January 15, 2022, sending a huge plume of ash into the sky. Telephone and electricity connections were cut following the eruption, and the full damage assessment has yet to be confirmed. The eruption is believed to have triggered a tsunami with waves of around 1 meter in Tongatapu, the main island of Tonga, as well as parts of Fiji and American Samoa. At the beginning of January 17, new possible eruptions of the volcano were reported.

Coastal flooding caused by high waves triggered by the volcanic eruption was also reported in Iquique in the department of Tarapacá in northern Chile, in areas of the island of Amami-Oshima in Japan, in parts of Santa Cruz and Port San Luis in California, USA, and on the coast of Tutukaka in New Zealand.

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