In Tonga, a tsunami smashed the shore, crowds rushed to high ground, and internet connections were cut off.
The threat of tsunamis around the Pacific Ocean due to the eruption of a huge submarine volcano began to recede, but the extent of damage to Tonga remained unknown.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has not yet officially reported any injuries or deaths in Tonga, but officials have warned that they have not yet been in contact with some coastal areas or small islands.
“Communication with Tonga remains very limited, and I know it causes a great deal of anxiety in the Tongan community here,” Ardan said.
She said there was serious damage to boats and shops along the coastline of Tonga. According to Ardan, the capital Nuku’alofa is covered with a thick film of volcanic ash, polluting the water supply and making freshwater essential.
Satellite images show a spectacular eruption that took place on Saturday night, with ash, steam, and gas eruptions rising like mushrooms over the blue Pacific Ocean. The sonic boom was heard far into Alaska.
In Tonga, a tsunami rushed across the coast and people rushed to high ground.
“Humble and scary”
The eruption disconnected the internet to Tonga and tried to anxiously contact friends and family around the world to determine if they were injured and how much damage they had.
Even the government website and other official sources weren’t updated on Sunday afternoon.
Dave Snyder, tsunami warning coordinator at the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said it was extremely rare for a volcanic eruption to affect the entire basin, and the scene was “humility and horrifying.”
The tsunami caused damage to boats to New Zealand and Santa Cruz, California, but no widespread damage was seen. Snyder said he expects the tsunami situation in the United States and elsewhere to continue to improve.
Tsunami recommendations have been previously issued to Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Pacific coast of the United States. The US Geological Survey has estimated that the eruption caused the equivalent of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Scientists have said that tsunamis caused by volcanoes rather than earthquakes are relatively rare.
According to the Tonga Meteorological Bureau, tsunami warnings have been issued in all islands, and data from the Pacific Tsunami Center have detected 80 centimeters of waves.
Rachel Affair Kitaumoepo, chair of the New Zealand Tonga Business Council, is worried about the people living on the island closest to the volcano, but the relatively low levels of the tsunami make it safe for most people. He said he hopes to be. She said she had not yet been in contact with her friends and family in Tonga.
“I hope the damage was only on the infrastructure and people were able to reach higher lands,” she said.
“We are deeply concerned about the people of Tonga recovering from the eruption of the volcano and the aftermath of the tsunami. The United States is ready to provide assistance to its neighbors in the Pacific,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter.
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/tsunami-threat-over-after-huge-pacific-volcanic-eruption-53700?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Tsunami threat after a large volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean