The National Weather Service asked residents to leave the beaches and ports in the concerned areas, pointing out that no losses were reported in the American Hawaiian Islands.
On Saturday, the residents of the Tonga archipelago fled towards the heights due to a tsunami caused by a new massive eruption of the volcano Hong Tonga Honga Ha Abai, the repercussions of which reached hundreds of kilometers.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced that “a tsunami with a height of 1.20 meters was observed in Nuki Alofa”, the country’s capital. The previous tsunami did not exceed 30 centimeters. The warning had just been raised when the volcano erupted again.
“It was a huge explosion,” Meri Taufa, a local resident who was making dinner at home when it happened, told the Stuff news site.
“The house shook. My brother thought there were bombs exploding near our house,” she explained.
After a few minutes, the water flowed into their house, and she saw the wall of a neighboring house collapse.
“We immediately realized it was a tsunami, with this water flowing into the house. We could hear screaming everywhere, and everyone started fleeing to higher ground,” she added.
Tubu VI, King of Tonga, was evacuated from the royal palace at Nuki Alofa and moved to a villa far from the coast.
Fiji officials said the eruption lasted eight minutes and was so loud that it was heard “like thunder from afar” over the Fiji islands, more than 800 km away.
Fiji officials have asked residents to cover water tanks to protect them from acid rain or ash.
The authorities advised all residents to stay indoors as much as possible and to wear masks if they had to go out, and to protect all water tanks there as well.
Tsunami warnings were also issued for Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.
Australian authorities have asked residents in Sydney and surrounding New South Wales to “get out of the water and stay away from the banks”.
The Tonga archipelago includes about 170 islands, a kingdom with a population of 120,000 people, located on the “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, where tectonic plates converge in the ground beneath the ocean floor, and cause high-frequency volcanic and seismic activity.
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