An underwater volcano eruption caused a tsunami on the island of Tonga

The Tongan media report a tsunami off the coast of that South Pacific island. So far no possible victims have been registered after what happened in the island nation of Oceania. The phenomenon occurred after a violent eruption of an underwater volcano located in the area.

The authorities issued the tsunami warning after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano explosion, located about 65 kilometers from Tongatapu. It is the main island of a country with about 71,000 inhabitants. The emergency call was to go to the highlands to protect themselves from the sea.

The information adds that residents must wear masks to protect yourself from the ash fall. It is reported that large waves hit houses and buildings on the coastline and that there were floods. Several videos, taken from the roofs of the houses, show the arrival of the water.

Those affected reported that the volcano erupted at 5:20 p.m. local time and released a giant cloud of ash. Ocean rise was also seen across much of northeastern Fiji’s Vanua Levu Island and in American Samoa. The Samoan authorities also warned of the eventual tsunami.

Reuters realizes that the New Zealand Emergency Management Agency said they expect “strong currents and unpredictable swells” on the north and east coasts of the North Island and the Chatham Islands. The Tonga Meteorological Service released the satellite image of the cloud caused by the volcano.

Image of the island of Tonga in the oceanic continent

Image of the island of Tonga in the oceanic continent

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