Two people drowning in unusually high waves in Peru after Tonga volcano

Lima — Two people were drowned on a beach in northern Peru, local civil defense officials reported on Sunday. Unusually high waves were recorded in some coastal areas after the eruption of a submarine volcano in Tonga, Pacific Ocean on Saturday.

The National Institute for Defense Studies (Indeci) in Peru said in a statement that the two deaths from drowning occurred on a beach in the Lambayeque region.

A submarine volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, tsunami warnings and evacuation orders were issued in Japan, and social media images caused huge waves on several islands in the South Pacific showing waves crashing into coastal homes.

More than 20 Peruvian ports have been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure, according to Indesi, in a warning that the volcano is causing unusually high waves.

Peruvian police wrote on Twitter that two victims were found dead by police at the Nai Lamp Beach police station. According to the tweet, “the waves were abnormal” in this area, and it was declared unsuitable for bathers.

Television images show some homes and businesses flooded with seawater in the northern and central coastal areas of Peru.

The Peruvian Navy reported that tsunami warnings were excluded in countries on the Pacific coast.

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On January 15, 2022, the plume rose above Tonga when the submarine volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai erupted on this satellite image taken by the Japanese meteorological satellite Himawari 8 operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Communication technology / Distribution via Reuters)

In Japan, waves of more than a meter struck coastal areas, and hundreds of thousands of people were advised to evacuate on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Social media footage showed a big wave crashing into a coastal house on several islands in the South Pacific.