The United States is facing an “imminent” tsunami that will require a major effort by Congress, the White House said Tuesday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has confirmed that the Pacific Ocean is likely to be inundated by a tsunami in the coming hours and that some areas could become underwater.
The threat comes after a report on Tuesday said the U.S. was “almost certainly” facing a “massive” tsunami.
The White House released the statement to coincide with the release of a new report from the NOAA that warned that the tsunami could cause serious damage to the United States and other parts of the world.
The report, released Tuesday by the Congressional Research Service, found that the United Kingdom and India could be inundation areas that could take up to a month to recover from.
It said “significant and significant” flooding could take place in the United Arab Emirates, which was already inundated last year.
The United Nations, meanwhile, said on Monday that it was preparing for an expected tsunami in Europe, the United Nations’ humanitarian office said in a statement.
“We expect a significant increase in the magnitude of the tsunami, with the possibility of extensive damage to infrastructure,” said the statement, issued by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
“This could have far-reaching consequences for people, communities, businesses and livelihoods, including potentially a significant disruption to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected areas.”