Tsunami detected in American Samoa after volcanic activity in Tonga

Tsunami detected in American Samoa after volcanic activity in Tonga
Tsunami detected in American Samoa after volcanic activity in Tonga

New York – Reuters
An underwater volcano erupted off Tonga on Saturday, raising warnings of a tsunami in a number of Pacific countries, and video coverage on social media showed waves storming homes.
A US-based tsunami monitoring center said it had detected tsunamis in the capital of Tonga and the capital of American Samoa.
In Australia, the seismological service said the volcano erupted at 0410 GMT, about 65 km north of Nuku Alofa, the capital of Tonga, and caused a tsunami of 1.2 metres.
The agency said it was continuing to monitor the situation, but had not issued a warning for mainland Australia, its islands or its territories.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it detected waves 2.7 feet (83 centimeters) in Nuku Alofa and two feet in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa.
Fiji issued a tsunami warning, urging residents to avoid beaches “due to strong currents and dangerous waves”.
Jesse Toisino, TV presenter for Fiji’s Channel One, posted a video on Twitter showing huge waves flooding the beach and people trying to get away with their cars in front of the oncoming waves.
The United States Monitoring Center later raised the warning for American Samoa.
The center had said earlier that it had detected a two-foot-high tsunami in the capital of American Samoa after seismic activity in Tonga.
He added that the danger of tsunamis still exists and that fluctuations in sea level and strong ocean waves pose a danger along the beaches.
In New Zealand, the Emergency Management issued a warning of the possibility of a tsunami on the northern and eastern coasts.
On Facebook, the Tonga Geological Services posted a post on Friday saying that the volcano had released ash, steam and gas up to 20 kilometers into the air, with a radius of 260 kilometers.

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