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Volcano eruption: tsunami warnings in the Pacific region - World Today News


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Tsunami warnings after eruption from underwater volcano

Status: 1:53 p.m. | Reading time: 2 minutes This satellite image captured by a Japanese weather satellite shows the volcano erupting near the island of Tonga Source: AP The island of Tonga is on a tsunami warning after an undersea volcano erupted nearby. Tidal waves flooded properties, telephone connections had failed. Spectacular satellite images show the eruption. The eruption of a submarine volcano near the island nation of Tonga has prompted tsunami warnings across much of the Pacific. A tsunami warning was issued for all of Tonga on Saturday, according to the local weather agency. Local media said tidal waves inundated properties on the main island of Tongatapu after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano erupted. It had rained ash and telephone connections had failed. The extent of the damage was initially unclear late in the evening (local time). According to media reports, Tonga’s King Tupou VI. brought to safety from the royal palace in the capital Nuku’alofa. According to the Australian Meteorological Agency, a 1.2 meter high wave was observed in the city. The authorities of other Pacific countries also issued tsunami warnings, including Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. People have been urged to stay away from coastal areas. The New Zealand military, which is more than 2,300 kilometers from Tonga, said it was on alert to respond in case of an emergency. This is where you will find content from Twitter. In order to interact with or display content from Twitter and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks There were initially no reports of injuries. Around 105,000 people live in Tonga. It was difficult to get information from Tonga. Video footage posted on social media showed waves hitting the shore. “Can literally hear the volcano erupting,” wrote a Twitter user who posted the video. He said that ashes and pebbles had fallen. “The ground shook, the whole house shook. It came in waves. My younger brother thought there were bombs going off near us,” Tonga native Mere Taufa told Stuff. A few minutes later, water entered her house and she saw the wall of a neighboring house collapse. This is where you will find content from Twitter. In order to interact with or display content from Twitter and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks The US National Weather Service lifted the tsunami warning for American Samoa. The volcanic eruption led to a tsunami. Based on the available data, it can be assumed that the tsunami danger is over, but that there could still be fluctuations in sea level, it said. This is where you will find content from Twitter. In order to interact with or display content from Twitter and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks The volcano only erupted on Friday. According to local authorities, only small tsunami waves of up to 30 centimeters were registered the day before. Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai has been active since December. The volcano is about 30 kilometers southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou Island (also known as Falcon Island). also read


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