Strong Waves Slam Into Military Building, Prompting Evacuation

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( – On Saturday, January 20, large waves caused flooding in a South Pacific U.S. Army base, according to U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA).

The incident, which was caught on video, occurred in Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands. At the time, a number of powerful waves flooded the dining hall, moving furniture, destroying doors, and leading to many people losing their balance. The video from the incident, which was taken by Erik Hanson, has captured the moment that the waves destroyed the door, leading to the waves flooding the building.

Hanson has revealed that he had been spending his night at the Outrigger Bar & Grill. During that time, the waves started crashing into the building. He revealed that some of his friends had disappeared as the series of strong waves kept rolling in. However, he added that those involved handled the situation properly, leading to no serious injuries.

Officials have also reported there were no casualties caused by the incident, and only a single person was reported injured.

The National Weather Service in Guam put out a High Surf Warning in the area from the afternoon on January 20 into the following day, warning that there could be minor inundations along the shorelines during the high tide.

As a result of the destruction, the Army moved its its Roi residents elsewhere, leading to around 80 of the around 120 personnel normally living in the base being evacuated until restorations are completed.

Apart from the base, the waves also caused damage to two Marshall Islands Airports.

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