A tsunami caused by the eruption of a volcano hits the island of Tonga

Updated Saturday, January 15, 2022 –
08:36

A large wave hit some houses and buildings located on the beachfront and quickly flooded the surrounding area.

Part of the tsunami reaching Tonga.TWITTER

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.

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 Tonga Meteorological Service published on its Facebook profile a shocking satellite image of the cloud caused by the submarine volcano, which has already showed signs of increasing activity the day before and that also momentarily fired the tsunami warning.

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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