The eruption of the submarine volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai caused a tsunami in Polynesia, whose waves reached the island of Tonga, a country in the Pacific.
Images posted on social media show water entering the territory, taking a church and several houses. Witnesses speak of ash falling on the capital, Nuku’alofa.
A tsunami warning was issued to which the inhabitants responded by running to higher ground.
The shock waves created by the volcano’s eruption reached the entire South Pacific.
The capital of Tonga is 65 km north of the volcano.
“Screams all over or side”
Tonga residents describe waves breaking into their homes as they dined, and a man had to carry his grandmother as they fled to the roof of their house.
“Screams could be heard everywhere; people screaming for safety and for everyone to get to higher ground,” Mere Taufa, a resident, tells New Zealand news website Stuff.co.nz.
“My first instinct was to hide under the table. I grabbed my younger sister and yelled at my parents and other people in the house to do the same.” I was preparing dinner when he thought that bombs were going off nearby.
The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai erupted around 5:30 pm on Saturday (New Zealand time), after an eruption on Friday sent ash, steam and gas 20 kilometers into the air, according to reports. the Tonga Geological Survey.
The eight-minute eruption was so violent that it could be heard as “loud sounds of thunder” in Fiji, more than 800 km away, according to authorities in the capital, Suva. The Fiji government issued a tsunami warning and opened reception centers for people in low-lying coastal areas.
New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency has already warned coastal areas that there could be “unusual strong currents and unpredictable waves” in the coming days.
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Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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