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Tonga issues tsunami warning after a large eruption of a submarine volcano

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The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai submarine volcano, located about 65 kilometers north of Nuku’alofa, caused a 1.2-meter tsunami.

The eruption was heard as a “big thunder” in Fiji, more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) away. (Reuters Archive)

A large wave landed in Tonga after a large volcanic eruption heard in neighboring countries caused a second tsunami in the region in two days.

The eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano on Saturday occurred just hours after the tsunami warning was lifted on Friday.

“A 1.2-meter tsunami was observed in Nuku’alofa,” the Bureau of Meteorology tweeted.

The largest tsunami recorded after the Friday explosion was 30 centimeters.

Recent eruptions lasted at least eight minutes, with gas, ash, and smoke eruptions released into the air for several kilometers.

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Safety warning

According to Suva officials, the eruption was so intense that it was heard as a “big thunder” in Fiji, more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) away.

Residents of the coastal area were urged to head up high.

Victorina Kioa of the Tonga Public Services Commission said on Friday that people “should stay away from lowland coastal areas, coral reefs and warning areas that are beaches.”

Taanierakura, Head of Tonga Geological Services, urged people to stay indoors and wear masks when outdoors to cover the stormwater reservoir and rainwater harvesting system.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a “Tsunami Recommendation” to American Samoa, stating that there was a threat that “sea level fluctuations and strong currents could pose a danger along the beach.”

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai Volcano is located on an uninhabited island about 65 km (40 miles) north of Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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