May 21, 2022


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Satellite Captures Dramatic Tsunami-Triggering Volcanic Eruption in South Pacific

Frightened Tongans fled to bigger floor Saturday following a huge volcanic eruption sent tsunami waves crashing on to the South Pacific island and triggered warnings as considerably as the US West Coast. 


Spectacular photographs from room confirmed the second the newest eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai sent a mushroom of smoke and ash into the air and a shockwave throughout the surrounding waters.

A tsunami wave measuring 1.2 meters (4 feet) was observed in Tonga’s funds Nuku’alofa, in accordance to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

Community resident Mere Taufa claimed she was in her residence finding completely ready for evening meal when the undersea volcano erupted – sending h2o surging into her household.

“It was huge, the ground shook, our house was shaking. It arrived in waves. My younger brother imagined bombs have been exploding nearby,” Taufa explained to the Stuff information website.

She reported water crammed their home minutes afterwards and she noticed the wall of a neighboring property collapse.

“We just realized straight away it was a tsunami. Just h2o gushing into our dwelling.

“You could just listen to screams everywhere you go, people screaming for protection, for everyone to get to larger floor.”

Tonga’s King Tupou VI was described to have been evacuated from the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa and taken by law enforcement convoy to a villa nicely absent from the coastline.


The volcano’s eruption lasted at minimum 8 minutes and sent plumes of fuel, ash, and smoke quite a few kilometers into the air. 

People in coastal places were being urged to head for better floor pursuing the eruption – which arrived just a handful of several hours soon after a past tsunami warning was lifted on the island.

‘Keep away’

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano sits on an uninhabited island about 65 kilometers north of the Tongan cash Nuku’alofa.

Its most current eruption was so extreme it was listened to as “loud thunder appears” in Fiji extra than 800 kilometers (500 miles) absent, according to officers in Suva City – where by illustrations or photos shared on social media confirmed significant waves hitting the coastline. out?v=DYW80osrh24

Tsunami warnings have been issued for American Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Chile, and Australia – where by authorities stated a swathe of coastline, which includes Sydney, could be hit by tsunami waves.

People today in bordering New South Wales condition ended up “advised to get out of the h2o and go away from the fast water’s edge”.

A tsunami warning was issued for the overall US West Coast – from the bottom of California to the tip of Alaska’s Aleutian islands – although tsunami waves triggered “minimal flooding” in Hawaii according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Heart.


“Move off the beach front and out of harbors and marinas in these locations,” advised the US Nationwide Weather Provider, which predicted waves of up to two toes, potent rip currents, and coastal flooding.

Fijian officers warned inhabitants to go over h2o assortment tanks in case of acidic rain drop.

Victorina Kioa of the Tonga Public Support Commission mentioned Friday that individuals must “continue to keep absent from parts of warning which are very low-lying coastal parts, reefs, and beaches”.

The head of Tonga Geological Solutions, Taaniela Kula, urged folks to remain indoors, wear a mask if they have been outside and address rainwater reservoirs and rainwater harvesting methods.

© Agence France-Presse