January 23, 2022

Milne News

News Reported Raw, Real and Truthfully

Home » VIDEO: Tonga hit by tsunami after undersea volcano violently erupted

VIDEO: Tonga hit by tsunami after undersea volcano violently erupted

2 min read
VIDEO: Tonga hit by tsunami after undersea volcano violently erupted

A tsunami has struck Tonga sending terrified residents fleeing for high ground as huge waves crashed into homes and volcanic ash rained down from the sky, as people were warned to get out of the water as far away as Fiji.

A ‘violent’ underwater volcanic eruption at 5.10 pm local time on Saturday was confirmed as the cause of the tsunami, which overwhelmed homes, buildings, fences, roads, and cars in Tonga around 20 minutes afterward.

Emergency warnings in Tonga ordered locals to move urgently to higher ground.

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano erupted on Friday sending debris, ash, and gas 20 kilometers into the air.

The eruption plunged the nation’s main islands into darkness on Friday.

But the chaos on Saturday came from a second much larger eruption. 

It is located about 30 kilometers south-east of Fonuafo’ou island in Tonga and has erupted several times in recent weeks. 

An American stormwatchers group called the footage, which quickly went viral online, ‘one of the most violent volcano eruptions ever captured on satellite’.  

The eruption also led to tsunami warnings for Fiji and American Samoa, which are 804 and 936 kilometers away from Tonga.

In Fiji, the Mineral Resources Department warned people to ‘stay out of the water and away from beaches’.

Dramatic footage showed huge waves surging ashore on the populated islands of the Tongan archipelago hours after the eruption. 

The Tongan Meteorological Service issued the tsunami warning for the main island of Tongatapu on Saturday evening as sirens rang out across the capital, Nukuʻalofa.

Footage shows huge waves surging ashore on the populated islands of the Tongan archipelago hours after the eruption. 

The Tongan Meteorological Service issued the tsunami warning for the main island of Tongatapu on Saturday evening as sirens rang out across the capital, Nukuʻalofa.

There were also reports of volcanic ash falling in Nukuʻalofa.

2 thoughts on “VIDEO: Tonga hit by tsunami after undersea volcano violently erupted

Leave a Reply

Trending