The tsunami warning which forced swimmers and surfers away from Hunter beaches yesterday has been cancelled, but a hazardous surf warning remains in place for the region.

Strange waves are expected to continue today as a result of the volcanic eruption in Tonga.

Hunter Surf Lifesaving President Henry Scruton says he reckons the tsunami even managed to touch down on our shores.

“There was evidence, I believe, that the tsunami wave did actually hit some of our beaches,” Mr Scruton said.

“Probably around 10 o’clock there was a slow resurgence, almost like low tide hit in one wave, and then high tide hit with one wave.”

“Nothing violent, or over-powerful, but just one wave slowly came all the way up – virtually deposited seaweed probably 15 or 20 metres further up the beach than the rest of the waves were.”