Tonga tsunami alert as undersea volcano eruption causes large waves to hit island

Written by on January 15, 2022

A tsunami alert has been issued by the Pacific nation of Tonga after an undersea volcano erupted.

Video posted on social media platforms showed large waves washing ashore in coastal areas.

The Tonga Meteorological Services said a tsunami warning had been put in force for all of Tonga.

It is the latest in a series of spectacular eruptions from the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano.

New Zealand’s national emergency management agency said it expected “strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges” to hit the north and east coast of the North Island and the Chatham Islands.

New Zealand weather forecasting company Weather Watch posted on Twitter: “The energy release is simply astonishing.

“Tonga is around 2,000km away from New Zealand. Reports of people hearing the sonic booms across New Zealand.”

SKYNEWS


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