Tsunami advisory issued after eruption

A tsunami advisory was issued over the weekend for the Kachemak Bay and Resurrection Bay communities after an undersea volcano erupted near the South Pacific island of Tonga, triggering concerns of damaging waves across Pacific coastlines.

The advisory, which was issued early Saturday morning, was in effect for the coastal areas of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management reported at about 6 a.m. on Saturday that it was monitoring the advisory and asked residents to stay away from beaches.

No tsunami evacuation order was issued for the coastal areas of Homer, according to the City of Homer. “Small sea rises have been observed in Alaska,” the City of Homer website said Saturday. “The City of Homer Emergency Management team is monitoring the situation and will provide an update if anything changes. Sirens will alert residents if an evacuation.”

The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center lifted the advisory at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Homer News reporter Michael Armstrong contributed to this report.

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