Tonga Volcano Tsunami Waves

C.E. Wheeler
2 min readJan 15, 2022

Wonder of nature

Churning echoes from afar

Roars into my soul

I received a tsunami Alert this morning as I opened my Gmail. I didn’t know it could that, so thanks Google for that.

I checked the expected arrival times for the waves here on the Pacific Northwest Coast and the expected wave size. I walk this stretch of beach regularly and know the area well. The police had blocked the road and were getting cars off the beach when I arrived. Here is a video I posted to my YouTube Channel. I left the audio so you could hear the roar.

This is the first time I have ever seen a tsunami, so I made sure to stay safe. The dunes are 15–20 feet above the shoreline. The initial waves arrived between 8:45–9:00AM.

The tsunami waves were choppier as if they were riding atop the normal waves. Although the phrase is overused, it was truly awe-inspiring to witness such massive raw energy echoing across the vast Pacific Ocean. I wrote the haiku above in my head while watching the tsunami waves arrive on my beach.

The animated clip at the beginning of this video comes from



C.E. Wheeler

Writer, Artist. Manifests Positivity. Neotranscendentalist. Spiritual nature. Taoism enthusiast. Editor & Univ. Lecturer in China 12 yrs. Https://