Located about 65 km north of the capital Nuku’alofa, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on Friday triggering large releases of ash and steam. A tsunami warning has been issued.
Published on January 15, 2022 at 3:46 p.m.,
updated on January 15, 2022 at 4:22 p.m.
In Tonga, the tsunami warning was triggered after violent underwater eruptions of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano. It erupted on Friday releasing ash, steam and gas up to 20 kilometers around. An eruption detected by satellite.
The volcano was active from December 20, before being declared dormant on January 11. Taaniela Kula, Tonga’s geological survey chief, said the eruption was about seven times more powerful than the last eruption on December 20. He also specifies that his team went to the site, 3 km from the volcano, “It creates a column of ash about 5 km in diameter, and it’s really very high.”
Small tsunami waves of up to 30 centimeters were recorded following the eruption, the Tonga Meteorological Institute said.
The government has nevertheless distributed bottles of water on certain isolated islands as a precautionary measure.
The sky over the archipelago has taken on unreal colors, due to the significant presence ofgas in the air.
The volcano is located about 2000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand. He is part of the highly active Tonga-Kermadec volcanic arc, an area that stretches from northeast New Zealand to the Fiji Islands.