At first there was no information about casualties or damage.
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the Eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga has triggered a tsunami alert in the region. In Tonga, the US territory of American Samoa and some nearby areas smaller tidal waves been registered, said the US tsunami warning center on Saturday. They would have a height of around 80 to 60 centimeters had. The warning for American Samoa was lifted a little later.
The meteorological authority of Australia even spoke of a tsunami height of 1.2 meters after the Unterwasservulkan Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai erupted around 65 kilometers north of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa. However, no warning was issued for Australia. The authorities in New Zealand had also said they would monitor the situation.
They also spoke against it Fiji a tsunami warning out. Residents should avoid the coasts “due to strong currents and dangerous waves.” A TV reporter from Fiji posted a video on Twitter showing smaller tidal waves hitting land and people fleeing to safety in their cars.
The US warning center measured tsunami waves after the volcanic eruption and warned of the danger of tidal waves and dangerous ocean currents along the beaches and ports in the region. Low-lying coastal areas could be flooded. Information about damage or victims was initially not available. According to the authorities in Tonga, the volcano had already thrown ash, steam and gas up to 20 kilometers into the air on Friday.
The volcano is always active since December. However, according to TGS, the latest eruption was seven times stronger than the last eruption. The agency also warned of possible acid rain in the region. The volcano is about 30 kilometers southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou Island (also known as Falcon Island).