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Tsunami observed in American Samoa, Tonga, after the eruption of the volcano

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Tsunami observed in American Samoa, Tonga, after the eruption of the volcano

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An undersea volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations, with images on social media showing waves crashing into homes.

Tsunami waves were seen in the capital of Tonga and the capital of American Samoa, a US-based tsunami watcher said.

Saturday’s eruption at 0410 GMT of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano, located about 65 kilometers north of Nuku’alofa, caused a 1.2-meter tsunami, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. . A Friday eruption of the same volcano caused a smaller 30 centimeter tsunami.

The agency said it was continuing to monitor the situation, but no tsunami threats had been issued on the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

Tsunami waves of 61 centimeters were observed by gauges in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The US-based monitor later canceled the warning for the US territory of American Samoa.

The eruption of the volcano could be heard in Fiji, more than 800 kilometers from Tonga. Authorities have issued a tsunami warning, urging residents to avoid shores “due to strong currents and dangerous waves”.

Fiji One TV reporter Jese Tuisinu posted a video on Twitter showing large waves breaking on the shore, with people trying to flee the oncoming waves in their cars. “It is literally dark in parts of Tonga and people are rushing to safety after the eruption,” he said.

New Zealand’s Emergency Management Agency has issued a tsunami activity advisory for its north and east coasts, with areas expected to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable shoreline surges.

On Friday, the volcano sent ash, steam and gas up to 20 kilometers into the air, Tonga Geological Services said in a Facebook post. It has a radius of 260 kilometers.

Tsunami observed in American Samoa, Tonga, after the eruption of the volcano

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