A tsunami caused material damage this Saturday on the island of Tonga, in the South Pacific, after a huge eruption of the Hunga-Tonga underwater volcano, with no casualties reported so far.
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Videos broadcast on social networks show how the ash, which generated a cloud that extended up to 16 kilometers high, completely covered the island, with some 71,000 inhabitants, leaving it in absolute darkness.
In other videos you can also see the sea entering the coastal area of Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, hitting houses and other buildings.
The great eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’Apai volcano, located about 65 kilometers from Tongatapu Island, the main island of the island nation, generated an associated tremor of magnitude 6.6.
Fijian authorities, meanwhile, reported that the waves hit part of Vanua Levu Island, in the northeast of the country, while Samoa issued a tsunami warning.
The New Zealand Emergency Management Agency warned on its side that “strong currents and unusual unpredictable swells” were expected on the north and east coast of the North Island and the Chatham Islands.