(Reuters) -An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday triggering a tsunami warning for a number of South Pacific island nations, with footage on social media exhibiting waves crashing into houses.
Tsunami waves have been noticed in Tonga’s capital and the capital of American Samoa, a U.S.-based tsunami monitor mentioned.
The eruption at 0410 GMT of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, positioned about 65 km (40 miles) north of Nuku’alofa, triggered a 1.2 metre tsunami, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology mentioned.
The company mentioned it continued to observe the scenario however no tsunami risk had been issued to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.
Tsunami waves of two.7 toes (83 cm) have been noticed by gauges on the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa and waves of two ft at Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Heart mentioned.
Fiji issued a tsunami warning, urging residents to keep away from the shorelines “as a result of robust currents and harmful waves.”
Jese Tuisinu, a tv reporter at Fiji One, posted a video on Twitter (NYSE:) exhibiting giant waves washing ashore, with folks attempting to flee from the oncoming waves of their vehicles. “It’s actually darkish in components of Tonga and individuals are speeding to security following the eruption,” he mentioned.
The U.S.-based monitor later cancelled the warning for the U.S. territory of American Samoa.
Tsunami waves measuring 2 toes in peak have been noticed by sea-level gauges on the capital of the U.S. territory of American Samoa following volcanic exercise in Tonga, the U.S. monitor mentioned.
The tsunami risk continues and sea degree fluctuations and powerful ocean currents pose hazards alongside seashores in harbours, it mentioned.
New Zealand’s emergency administration company issued an advisory on tsunami exercise for its north and east coasts with the areas anticipated to expertise robust and strange currents, and unpredictable surges on the shore.
On Friday, the volcano despatched ash, steam and gasoline as much as 20 km (12 miles) into the air, Tonga Geological Providers mentioned in a Fb (NASDAQ:) publish. It has a radius of 260 km (160 miles).
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