Volcano in island nation of Tonga triggers tsunami in South Pacific

Volcano in island nation of Tonga triggers tsunami in South Pacific
Volcano in island nation of Tonga triggers tsunami in South Pacific

EAccording to the American Tsunami Warning Center, a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga triggered a tsunami in the region. Tidal waves with a height of around 60 centimeters were measured, the authority said on Saturday. There is also a risk of tidal waves and dangerous sea currents along the beaches and ports for the US territory of American Samoa. Lower-lying coastal areas could be flooded, it said.

People have been asked to leave the beaches. Information about damage or victims was initially not available.

The authorities had issued a tsunami warning the day before because of the eruption. The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai threw ash, steam and gas up to 20 kilometers into the air on Friday, the Tonga Geological Survey (TGS) said. People have been urged to stay indoors and wear masks outside. There was no tsunami warning for Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. All flights in Tonga have been canceled, according to news site Matangi Tonga.

The volcano has been active on and off since 2009. However, the latest eruption was seven times stronger than the previous eruption, according to TGS. The volcano is about 30 kilometers southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou Island (also known as Falcon Island). Several satellites filmed the explosion on Saturday.

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