– A tsunami alert has been issued following a volcanic eruption on the islands of Tonga
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The countries of the Pacific Ocean are very cautious.
A new massive eruption of the Hanga Tonga-Hunga Ha’boy volcano – heard hundreds of kilometers away – was causing tsunami warnings as residents of the Tonga Islands were running high on Saturday, triggering tsunami warnings. USA and Chile.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The previous tsunami did not exceed 30 cm. The warning was also removed as the volcano erupted again.
“It’s a big explosion,” local Mere Tawfa, who was at home at the time, told the Stuff news site. “The ground shook, the whole house shook. The wave came in waves. My brother thought bombs would explode near our house, ”he said. A few minutes later, the water occupied their house and she saw the wall of the house next door collapsing.
The expelled king
“We immediately knew it was a tsunami and this water flowed into the house. You could hear screams all around and everyone started running high,” he added.
King Tubo VI of Tonga was evicted from the royal palace of Nuku’aloba and taken to a villa not far from the coast. The eruption lasted eight minutes and was heard “sounding like distant thunder” in the Fiji Islands 800 km away, Fiji officials said. They warned residents to shut off the water supply to protect them from acid rain or ash.
Victorina Kyova of the Tonga Public Utilities Commission called on the people to “stay away from all dangerous places, beaches, reefs and all flat beaches.” Authorities have advised the entire population to stay indoors as much as possible and wear masks if they have to go outside and to protect all water supplies there.
Australia and Chile with caution
Tsunami alert was issued for Fiji and Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. Australian authorities have warned people around Sydney and New South Wales to “get out of the water and stay away from the water’s edge”.
In Chile, the National Emergency Office warned of a possible “small tsunami” of Easter Island and other Chilean archipelagos.
As a precautionary measure, the Juan Fernண்டndez Archipelago has been asked to evacuate coastal areas prone to small tsunamis due to volcanic eruptions in the islands of San Felix, Easter Island and Chile. Intervene, “said Onmi.
“Leave the Beaches”
In the United States, a tsunami alert was issued for the west coast of Hawaii, which has already been hit by “minor flooding.” The National Weather Service recommends “leaving beaches, harbors and marinas” in the affected areas, noting that the U.S. Hawaiian Islands did not cause damage and that “only minor ones” were affected by the flood.
The states of California, Oregon and Washington may be affected, with Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia referring to the NWS. The Met Office warned that “the main expected damage is strong currents and flooding of beaches and low-lying areas.”
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’bai Volcano is located on one of the uninhabited islands of Tonga, about 65 km from the capital Nuku’aloba.