DThe eruption of an undersea volcano near the island nation of Tonga has triggered tsunami warnings across much of the Pacific. A tsunami warning was issued for the whole of Tonga on Saturday, according to the local meteorological agency. Local media reported that tidal waves flooded properties on the main island of Tongatapu after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano erupted. It had rained ashes and the phone connections had failed. The extent of the damage was initially unclear late in the evening (local time).
According to the media, King Tupou VI of Tonga. brought to safety from the royal palace in the capital Nuku’alofa. According to the Australian Meteorological Agency, a wave 1.2 meters high was observed in the city. Authorities in other Pacific nations have also issued tsunami warnings, including Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. People have been told to stay away from coastal areas. All flights to Tonga have been cancelled, according to the Matangi Tonga news site.
The US National Weather Service (NOAA) has lifted the tsunami warning for American Samoa. The volcanic eruption caused a tsunami. Based on the available data, it can be assumed that the tsunami danger has passed, but there could still be fluctuations in sea level, he said.
The volcano erupted on Friday. The Tonga Geological Survey (TGS) said it threw ash, steam and gas up to 20 kilometers into the air on Friday. According to local authorities, only small tsunami waves of up to 30 centimeters were recorded the day before. The volcano has been intermittently active since 2009. However, the latest eruption was seven times stronger than the previous one, according to TGS. The volcano lies about 30 kilometers southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou Island (also known as Falcon Island). Several satellites filmed the explosion on Saturday.