Monday, May 16

A tsunami has hit the island state of Tonga

A 1.2-meter tsunami wave has hit the Pacific island nation of Tonga following an eruption in an underwater volcano.

There have been several volcanic eruptions in Tonga in recent days. Here from Friday.

The Australian Meteorological Institute tweets that the 1.2-meter wave was observed at Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga and the country’s largest city.

Tonga’s meteorological services previously issued a tsunami alert that applies to the whole of Tonga. The volcanic eruption started on Saturday and is currently the last of a series of spectacular eruptions in the volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai.

Photos and videos on social media show the cloud from the volcanic eruption and later how the first waves wash in over land.

Tonga is located between New Zealand and Hawaii and consists of 172 small islands. The country has a population of 100,000.

Satellite images show the large volcanic eruption in the sea, between Tonga and Fiji.

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