Tsunami hit Tonga after volcanic eruption – VG

Several islands in the Pacific Ocean have issued tsunami warnings as a result of an eruption in an underwater volcano. A 1.2 meter high tsunami wave has hit the island state of Tonga.


The volcanic eruption started on Saturday and is currently the last of a series of spectacular eruptions in the volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai.

A tsunami wave of 1.2 meters has hit the island state of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean after an eruption in an underwater volcano, writes NTB. according to Australian Meteorological Institute is the wave observed at Nuku’alofa, which is the capital of Tonga and the country’s largest city.

Images from Tonga Geological Services show violent amounts of smoke and steam after a volcanic eruption. The volcano is under water. This photo was taken on Friday and is one of several volcanic eruptions on Tonga in recent days.

VG has seen a number of videos that have been posted on social media, and which are claimed to show the ravages of the tsunami on Tonga. The content of the videos has not been verified, but has been posted by twitter users on Tonga and reproduced in various media.

The videos show large waves washing inland coastal areas on Tonga. They also show people evacuating residential areas, and people fleeing their homes in a hurry. Large bodies of water flood through residential areas and into buildings.

Many seek the height where possible

Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and the American territory American Samoa are among the areas that issued tsunami warnings. It should not be a tsunami threat to Australia.

Tsunami waves have hit both Tonga and American Samoa, and there is still a danger of tsunamis in several places, according to Reuters.

Fiji authorities issued tsunami warnings urging people to avoid the coast due to strong currents and dangerous waves.

New Zealand says there is danger both north and east of the country. Strong and unusual currents are expected, as well as unpredictable increases and decreases in water levels along the coast.

Tonga is located between New Zealand and Hawaii and consists of 172 small islands. The country has just over 100,000 inhabitants.

Saturday’s volcanic eruption created tremors that erupted with a magnitude of 4, according to USGS.

The photo was taken on Friday 14 January at 6 pm local time. The cloud of smoke is about 5 kilometers wide and up to 20 kilometers high, according to the Tonga Geological Service.


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