The undersea volcano near Tonga in the South Pacific unleashed tsunami waves and a seaside spectacle on the California coast on Saturday – nearly 6,000 miles away.
“Hello world, we are surviving the tsunami,” Pacifica resident Savannah Peterson said in a video, seconds after a giant wave slammed into a protective wall and into her home. “I can tell you this is happening to all of you. That happens.
The National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory on Saturday for the California coast and much of the west coast and provide one to three foot tsunami waves, which may also coincide with high tide.
Low-lying areas, such as harbors and shallow waters, are expected to experience minor to moderate flooding, the agency said.
People in Peterson’s video seemed unfazed by the warning or the waves, with at least one person heard laughing as the water receded.
Tsunami warnings have also been issued for parts of the Pacific, including Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
“I regularly shoot wave footage here, but I’ve never seen anything like this tsunami,” Peterson told Storyful.