The authorities warned the population not to approach the coast in Manzanillo, Colima, due to the sudden increase in the water level.
On Friday, January 14, the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’pai volcano erupted for the first time, sending a column of ash 20 kilometers into the air as a result. However, the untimely activity of the submarine volcano located in Polynesia, inside the oceanic continent, has begun to have repercussions in countries of the American continent. In the case of Mexico, the authorities of Colima issued an alert due to the instability in the level of its coasts.
Through social networks, various users began to spread videos of the unusual activity in iconic places such as Manzanillo, Colima. The sudden increase in the usual water level caused the violent movement of maritime structures such as piers and bridges. In this sense, the coastal authorities safeguarded access to the sea to prevent accidents.
In another of the materials posted on Twitter, you can see the large number of currents that collide when touching the coast. In other words, while a sea flow approached the sand on the shore, others began to form around it and returned to the sea with enormous force. Although in some moments the movement is imperceptible, the authorities warned about the constant variation.
The agitated course of the water surprised some boats that were approaching the coast or docks. Some even had difficulties transiting through the Manzanillo entrance channel. Many others that were anchored to docks showed displacements of a few meters due to the force of the current that circulated around them.
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And it is that there had been no record of an explosion of such magnitude in the last 100 years, according to the Skyalert natural phenomena monitoring team. As a result of the explosion of the colossus, waves of great magnitude began to circulate around the Pacific Ocean, for which a large part of the countries located on the west coast of Latin America issued tsunami alerts.
In the case of Mexico, the National Mareographic Service, operated by the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), reported unusual activity in 10 coastal areas located along the Pacific coast. According to the preliminary report issued at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, the maximum amplitude of variation was recorded in Manzanillo, Colima, and corresponded to 2,053 meters.
In second place they placed Zihuatanejo, with a maximum level of 1.19 meters, followed by Acapulco, Huatulco, Salina Cruz and Puerto Chiapas, all of them with 95 centimeters of variation. Puerto Ángel had 75 centimeters, while Puerto Vallarta 65, Lázaro Cárdenas 44 and Mazatlán with 43 cm. Despite the fact that in the last few hours the disturbance has decreased, “it is possible that these maximum amplitudes are not definitive,” as reported in a statement.