It’s a volcanic eruption in Tonga that has repercussions all the way to us. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano erupted on Friday and a tsunami warning has since been issued in the archipelago.

In New Caledonia, the effects could be felt this Saturday, January 15 around 6 p.m. with “abnormal sea level movements” expected on the East Coast, the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines.

According to the Directorate of Civil Security, Caledonia presents “no risk of significant submersion of the coast. Abnormal movements of the sea level as well as abnormal currents in the passes and the ports could be observed, on all the municipalities of the East Coast.”

In view of this information, however, the Civil Security and Risk Management Department calls on the population to be cautious and to stay informed. “As there is no risk of significant submersion of the coast, the population does not have to go to the high points or the refuge areas. However, they are invited to move away from the beaches.”