NNA - Several islands in the Pacific Ocean have issued tsunami warnings as a result of an underwater volcano eruption. A tsunami wave with a height of 1.2 meters hit the island of the state of Tonga.
The eruption began on Saturday and is currently the last in a series of spectacular eruptions at Hongga Tonga Hung Hapai volcano.
A 1.2-meter-high tsunami hit the island of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean after an underwater volcano erupted, NTB writes. according to Australian Meteorological Institute It is the wave that is observed in Nuku’alofa, which is the capital of Tonga and the largest city in the country. According to witnesses, it rained ash in the capital.
Satellite images show a huge amount of smoke and dust emitted from the underwater volcano on Saturday. Photo: AP
VG watched a number of videos posted on social media, purportedly showing the devastation caused by the tsunami in Tonga. The content of the videos has not been verified, but has been posted by Twitter users in Tonga and reproduced in various media.
The videos show large waves washing the coastal areas of the interior of Tonga. It also shows people evacuating residential areas, and people fleeing their homes in a hurry. Large bodies of water flow through residential areas and buildings.
Many strive to rise where possible.
Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and the US territory American Samoa are among the areas that have issued tsunami warnings. It should not be a tsunami threat to Australia.
The tsunami hit both Tonga and American Samoa, and a tsunami risk remains in several places, according to Reuters.
Fiji authorities issued tsunami warnings and urged people to avoid the coast due to the strong currents and dangerous waves.
New Zealand says there is a risk in the north and east of the country. Strong and unusual currents are expected, as well as unexpected 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 a population of just over 100,000 people. The volcano is located about 6.5 kilometers north of the capital, Nuku’alofa.
The volcanic eruption on Saturday caused tremors that erupted with a magnitude of 4 on the Richter scale USGS.