Reportedly, the tsunami caused by the explosive eruption of Tonga volcano in the Pacific struck the Pacific coastline on Saturday (January 15), rushing residents to higher ground.
A four-foot (1.2-meter) high tsunami reportedly struck Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the submarine volcano.
There were no reports of injuries due to loss of communication with the public after the eruption. Associated Press reported.. However, locals said they were preparing dinner when they heard the eruption on Saturday around 7 pm local time. “It was huge, the ground was shaking, our house was shaking. It came on the waves, my brother thought the bomb was exploding nearby,” Taufa said. rice field Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand news agency.
Such a violent blast can cause a tsunami far from the source. In fact, tsunami recommendations have been implemented on the Pacific coast of the United States and Hawaii, and authorities have advised people to avoid beaches and coastlines. The Tonga Meteorological Bureau has issued tsunami warnings (more powerful than “recommendations”) to Fiji and Samoa. The New York Times reported..
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, powerful underwater eruptions have a radius of 161.5 miles (260 km) and ash, steam, and gas are released over 12 miles (20 km) into the air, according to local authorities. it was done.NOAA). According to NOAA, this eruption was seven times stronger than the latest eruption of the same volcano on December 20, 2021.
“This is a pretty big event, one of the most important eruptions in at least the last decade,” said Shane Kronin, a volcanologist at the University of Auckland. BBC..
This article will continue to be updated as more information is published.
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