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By Shawn Raymundo

The West Coast of the United States is under a tsunami advisory following a volcanic eruption that occurred in the Tonga Islands, according to a National Weather Service alert early Saturday, Jan. 15.

The advisory from the NWS’s Tsunami Warning Center is effective in the area that stretches from the California/Mexico border to the Aleutian Islands just off of Alaska.

A public safety alert from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday morning notified residents that the advisory has prompted Orange County’s beaches and harbors to close.

In Southern California, tsunami activity was forecasted to start between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday, according to the NWS advisory.

According to news outlets, the advisory comes after an undersea volcano erupted near the island nation of Tonga in the Pacific on Saturday.

In a tweet from the NWS’s Tsunami Alerts account, the agency advised West Coast residents to “be prepared for impacts in bays and harbors. Live-aboards seek shelter and high ground.”

According to the NWS’ alert chart, an advisory indicates that strong currents and dangerous waves are on the way, and could bring about 1- to 3-foot waves. The public is advised to stay out of the water and away from the shore.

This is a developing story.

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