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Tsunami hits the coast of Tonga after an underwater volcano erupts

Sydney, Australia – Tsunami hit island coast TongaIn the Pacific Ocean, with no reports of possible casualties yet and after a violent volcanic eruption was recorded, local media reported.

The high waves hit homes and buildings on the seashore and quickly inundated the surrounding area.According to videos posted by eyewitnesses on the rooftops of their homes on social media. Tonga has a population of about 105,000 people.

The New Zealand military said it was monitoring the situation and was on alert and ready to act if necessary.

On Twitter, a user named Dr. Vakailwatonga Taumofulao posted a video of the waves hitting the beach.

“I can literally hear the volcano erupting, that sounds so violent,” he wrote. And in another post later he said: “It is raining ashes and small stones, and darkness covers the sky.”

Local authorities have issued a tsunami warning for the whole country after the eruption of the submarine volcano Hong-Tonga-Hong-Hapai, about 65 kilometers from Tongatapu Island, the main island of this island nation of about 71,000 people.

According to witnesses, the volcano erupted at 5:20 p.m. (Tonga local time) and shot a huge cloud of ash into the air, according to Radio New Zealand’s portal.

Waves also hit part of the island of Vanua Levu, in northeastern Fiji, while Samoan authorities issued a warning of possible rising waters.

New Zealand’s Emergency Management Agency noted on Twitter that it was expecting “strong currents and unusually unpredictable inflation” on the north and east coast of the North Island and the Chatham Islands in the oceanic nation.

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The Tonga Meteorological Service posted on its Facebook profile a horrific satellite image of the underwater volcano cloud, which already showed signs of increased activity the previous day and which also issued a temporary tsunami warning.

The authorities called on all residents living on the coasts to go to higher areas to protect themselves from the onslaught of waves and to wear masks before the gray rains fall.

In late 2014 and early 2015, a series of volcanic eruptions in the area created a new small island and disrupted air traffic with the archipelago for several days.

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