The violent eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga in the South Pacific has triggered a tsunami off the coast of the island nation. And it has raised the alarm in other countries in the region as well.
,Nuku’alofa. Waves of about 1.2 meters have been recorded in“, the capital of Tonga, with 24,500 residents, the Australian Meteorological Service reported on Twitter.
Local authorities in Tonga, with about 71,000 residents, have not yet reported any victims., while local media have warned that many areas of the country remain uncommunicative.
Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Hapai Submarine Volcano, located approximately 65 kilometers north of the Tongan island of Tongtapu, An explosion of about eight minutes was recorded at around 5:20 p.m. local time. (4.20 GMT) and launched a massive column of ash kilometers high.
Violent explosion was recorded in images taken by satellites, publishes weather service from american island airy,
About 15 minutes later, a heavy wave of waves hit homes and buildings on the first line of the North Shore. tongatapu, according to videos posted on social networks by witnesses, some of whom had taken shelter on the roof of their homes.
another recording shelters at least five people, including children, at a local church as water begins to hit the windows of the religious complex,
a driver A sudden surge of water in her flight, which was destroying walls and enclosuresWhile another car tried to avoid being caught by traveling in reverse.
station Radio New Zealand Reports scenes of terror where people try to flee to inland areas.
Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Hapai already recorded an increase in activity on Friday, temporarily triggering another tsunami alert.I, but as a result the water was not rising.
In the current state of emergency, Tongan authorities He has asked the entire population to stay away from beaches and beaches by 4:00 pm on Sunday (3:00 GMT) and wear masks to withstand the ash rain.,
Unlike earthquake-induced tsunamis, where tectonic plates exert their force and another tsunami is unlikely to recur, Volcano could re-enter a violent eruption that would create another brutal tidal wave,
In addition to these Tonga, the neighboring island state fiji, Samoa You Vanuatu He also issued a tsunami warning, which threatens the coast of New Zealand, volcano and more than 2,300 kilometers away from Australia.
More than 100 families from two villages on the Samoan island of Sawai have been evacuated., police report, while photos published on social networks show waves hit a part of the island Vanua Levus, in northeastern Fiji.
Vanuatu officialsimmediate withdrawal“From coastal areas due to strong currents and waves.
,Some of our islands in Vanuatu have seen destructive tsunami waves estimated at between 1 and 2.5 meters, Tsunami waves are likely to hit the coast of all Vanuatu islands by tonight.” weather department and of Vanuatu Geological Hazards Confirmation of the arrival of waves in port villa You litzlitz,
For their part, the New Zealand Emergency Management Agency indicated on Twitter that they expect “Strong currents and unusual unexpected swelling“On the North and East Coast North Island And this Chatham Islands Ocean country.
Australian Meteorological Service forecast after rejecting tsunami warning for hours, that a large wave may hit the coastal areas in the East and South-East of the country from the State queensland to the island of Tasmanian,