Tonga tsunami alert as undersea volcano eruption causes large waves to hit island
By SEAMLESS DAILY
15 January 2022
Video posted on social media shows large waves washing ashore in coastal areas.
The Tonga Meteorological Services said a tsunami warning had been put in force for all of Tonga.
It is the latest in a series of spectacular eruptions from the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano.
"Can literally hear the volcano eruption, sounds pretty violent," he wrote.
Scientists had observed massive explosions, thunder and lightning near the volcano after it started erupting early on Friday, the Matangi Tonga news site reported.
The site said satellite images showed a three-mile wide plume of ash, steam and gas rising up to 12-miles into the air.
More than 1,400 miles away in New Zealand, officials were warning of storm surges from the eruption.
New Zealand's national emergency management agency said it expected "strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges" to hit the north and east coast of the North Island and the Chatham Islands.
The tsunami was observed by sea-level gauges at the capital of the US territory of American Samoa following volcanic activity in Tonga, the US-based Pacific tsunami warning centre said.
the tsunami threat continues and sea level fluctuations and strong ocean currents pose hazards along beaches in harbours, the tsunami monitor said in a statement.
One said it was "raining ash and tiny pebbles" with "darkness blanketing the sky.
None as frightening as this Tonga volcanic eruption."
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