Several countries in the Pacific have declared tsunami warnings after an undersea volcano erupted near Tonga. It was a remarkably powerful eruption, as can be seen from the above images taken at the time of the eruption.
The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai caused a tsunami. on Tonga The volcano is located about thirty kilometers from the island of Fonuafo’ou (also known as Falcon Island), which belongs to Tonga.
Local media in the archipelago reported tidal waves causing flooding, ash falling on the island and downed telephone lines. However, the extent of the damage is not yet clear.
Tsunami warnings were also issued in Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand. People were advised to avoid the coastal areas, as there can be strong and unusual currents there.
“People in or near the sea should be away from water, beaches and coastal areas and away from ports, rivers and estuaries,” the New Zealand disaster agency said. The volcano is located about 2,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand.(blg, avh)