A large wave hit some houses and buildings located on the beachfront and quickly flooded the surrounding area.
One tsunami has hit the shores of the island of Tonga, in the South Pacific, with no reports of possible victims so far and after registering a violent volcanic eruptionlocal media report.
a big wave hit some houses and buildings located on the beachfront and quickly flooded the area, according to videos posted on social media.
Local authorities have issued a tsunami alert for the entire country after the eruption of the submarine volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai, about 65 kilometers from the island of Tongatapu, the main island of this island nation populated by about 71,000 inhabitants.
Tsunami alerts were issued this Saturday morning for the west coast of the United States, according to AFP, while Hawaii has been affected by “minor floods”, after the eruption on Friday, according to the US weather services. Similar alerts were also issued in New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia and Chile, where the National Emergency Office warned of the possibility of a “minor tsunami” reaching Easter Island.
Alerts have also been issued in Japan. The waves could reach up to a meter on the Japanese coast, among them in the areas of Hokkaido, Chiba, Tokyo, Iwate, Hokkaido or Kagoshima, and the authorities are asking the population to stay away from the sea and evacuate to some high place.
According to witnesses, the volcano erupted at 5:20 p.m. local time (4:20 GMT) and threw a huge cloud of ash into the air, collects the Radio New Zealand portal.
The waves have also hit part of the isla Vanua Levu, in the northeast of Fiji, while the authorities of Samoa have issued an alert before a possible rise in waters.
The New Zealand Emergency Management Agency indicated on Twitter that they expect “strong currents and unusual unpredictable swells” on the north and east coast of the North Island and the Islas Chatham del pas judico.
The Meteorological Service of Tonga He posted on his Facebook profile an impressive satellite image of the cloud caused by the submarine volcano, which already showed signs of increasing activity the day before and which also momentarily triggered the tsunami alert.
The authorities have asked the entire population settled on the coasts to go to high areas to shelter from the onslaught of the waves and wear masks from the ash rain.
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