A submarine volcano has erupted near Tonga, south of the Fiji Islands. Satellite images show the force with which the volcano (Hunga Tonga) erupts. Authorities of countries bordering the Pacific have issued tsunami warnings as a result of that eruption.
The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai caused a tsunami in Tonga. Local media in the archipelago reported tidal waves causing flooding, ash falling on the island and downed telephone lines. The extent of the damage is not yet clear. Images on social media show how residents flee from the water and seek higher places.
The authorities in Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand, among others, immediately announced a tsunami alert. People were advised to avoid coastal areas as there can be strong and unusual currents. “People in or near the sea should be away from the water, beaches and coastal areas and away from ports, rivers and estuaries,” New Zealand urged residents.
Even before the big eruption, small tsunami waves of 30 centimeters were detected. A warning was also issued for possible acid rain. Tonga residents were asked to stay indoors, protect their drinking water and wear masks outside.
Impressive images emerge from space. For example, the impact of the eruption can be clearly seen via satellite images.
The volcano is located about 2,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand. Residents of that country said on social media they could hear the eruption. Images are circulating on Twitter showing the eruption.
The volcano is located about thirty kilometers from the island of Fonuafo’ou (also known as Falcon Island), which belongs to Tonga.
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Tonga hit by submarine volcanic eruption, surrounding countries fear tsunami | Abroad
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