Peru reports two deaths from waves caused by Tonga volcano | News
The National Police of Peru confirmed in the early hours of this Sunday the death of at least two people on Naylamp beach, department of Lambayeque (north), due to abnormal waves caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga.
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In a message broadcast through the social network Twitter, the Police lamented the death of the two people due to the entry of the sea.
These are two women, identified by the local Civil Defense as Heyner Quiroz and Wendy Altamirano, aunt and niece, 46 and 23 years old, respectively.
According to local media, they were traveling in a vehicle that ended up being dragged by the currents. Quiroz’s husband, Casinaldo Altamirano, told the press that they were rescued from the water and given first aid, but to no avail.
We regret the sensitive death of two people, who were found dead by police officers #San Martin, on Naylamp beach, when the waves were abnormal. Likewise, it is made known that the beach in question is declared as ‘not suitable for bathers’. pic.twitter.com/WnRuEj84nr
– National Police of Peru (@PoliciaPeru)
January 16, 2022
There were also reports of abnormal waves in the department of Ica (south). There, in Pisco, the sea overflowed the boardwalk in the Paracas area, forcing the closure of the El Chaco beach boulevard and the evacuation of hundreds of people.
The mayor of Paracas, Rosario Ramírez, told local media that the sea entered twice and affected more than 100 properties, including restaurants, businesses and homes.
After the fact, the Police placed sandbag barriers in several areas to prevent further flooding. Ramírez specified that until that moment no incidents with affected fishermen or boats had been reported.
Closure of ports, beaches and coves
The National Emergency Operations Center of the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci) reported the closure of 22 ports in northern and central Peru due to the presence of abnormal waves.
22 ports on the north and center coast are closed as a preventive measure in the presence of abnormal waves due to the volcanic eruption that occurred 73 kilometers north of Nukualofa (Tonga). #COEN monitor the development of said event. | @DHN_peru pic.twitter.com/Y6SkIKwbmE
— COEN – INDECI (@COENPeru)
January 16, 2022
In another preventive measure, the Navy also ordered the closure of some beaches and coves. In addition, it recommended that the population of the coast and people who carry out port, fishing, sports and recreational activities adopt the necessary measures to avoid accidents.
The submarine volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apa registered a gigantic eruption this Saturday and caused a wave that generated alerts and tsunami warnings in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Japan and the United States.
Tonga remains incommunicado. According to the media, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, confirmed that the eruption caused considerable damage in that small island nation.