Waves crash through homes in Tonga following massive tsunami warning


Dramatic footage shows waves rolling through coastal Tongan homes as a tsunami warning has been announced for the Pacific island nation.

The Tongan Meterological Service issued the warning for all of Tonga on Saturday evening, after ongoing underwater volcanic activity.

It comes after Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai erupted again on Friday, sending ash, steam and gas 20 kilometres into the air, Radio New Zealand reported.

A tsunami alert has been issued in Tonga.

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A tsunami alert has been issued in Tonga.

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The volcano is located about 30 kilometres south-east of Fonuafo’ou island in Tonga.

The volcano was erupting intermittently in late December.

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency confirmed to Stuff at 7pm that there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand.

Jese Tuisinu, a reporter at Fiji One, posted a video on Twitter showing it was “dark” in parts of Tonga, and said people were “rushing to safety” following the eruption.

The United States has issued a tsunami advisory for American Samoa.

The U.S Emergency Alert Twitter page stated a “hazardous” tsunami had been generated by volcanic activity in Tonga, and monitoring was underway to evaluate the threat.

Meanwhile, there have been reports on social media from as far away as neighbouring Fiji – northwest of Tonga – of hearing or feeling the eruption.

Dr Frank Ross, who lives in Suva, Fiji – over 800km away from Tonga – said there had been “constant, on-and-off booms” for over half an hour that were still ongoing at 7pm NZ time.

“The house has been shaking, I’ve figured out that it must have been from this eruption.

I went outside, and it sounded like this constant boom, boom, boom in the distance, but there wasn’t any thunder … it must have been massive,” he said.

“It was even shaking a few minutes ago – it comes and goes, so it must be a series of eruptions. It’s been going on for half an hour or 45 minutes.”

Ross said there were no signs of any disruption to the sea near his home, which he said was about 100m from the sea.

Radio New Zealand earlier reported that Tonga Geological Services head Taaniela Kula said the eruption had a radius of 260km.

It was about seven times more powerful than the last eruption on December 20 last year and continuing to grow, Kula earlier told RNZ.





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