Wellington, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga in the Pacific issued a tsunami warning on Saturday after the eruption of a submarine volcano. A video posted on social media showed a big wave drifting in the coastal area.
The Tonga Meteorological Bureau said tsunami warnings are being implemented throughout Tonga. Nearby Fijian authorities have also issued warnings, telling people to avoid the coastline due to strong tides and dangerous waves.
An island business news site reported that police and military convoys evacuated Tupou VI in Tonga from a palace near the coast. He was one of the many inhabitants heading to the hills.
The explosion at Hunga Tonga Hunga Haapai Volcano was the latest in a series of epic eruptions.
A Twitter user identified as Dr. Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted a video showing how the waves land.
“You can literally hear the eruption of a volcano and it sounds pretty violent,” he wrote, adding in a later post: “Rainy ashes and tiny pebbles, darkness covers the sky.”
Earlier, Matangitonga news sites reported that scientists observed large-scale explosions, lightning, and lightning near the volcano after the volcano began to erupt early on Friday.
According to the site, satellite images showed a 5 km (3 mile) wide ash, steam, and gas plume rising in the air to about 20 km (12 miles).
More than 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) away in New Zealand, authorities warned of high tides from the eruption.
The National Emergency Management Agency said that in some parts of New Zealand, “strong and anomalous currents and unpredictable surges on the coast after a major volcanic eruption” are expected.
Late Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the threat to American Samoa seemed to be gone, but slight sea variability could continue.
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