Wellington, Reuters. of pacific islands A volcano erupted under the sea near the country of Tonga on Saturday, prompting a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations. The Meteorological Department issued a tsunami alert for the US West Coast region, saying that a flood situation has arisen in the US state of Hawaii after the eruption of a volcano in Tonga. At the same time, in the videos posted on the Internet media, large waves have been seen coming to the shore in the coastal areas. The US-based Tsunami Monitor said the capital of Tonga and the capital of American Samoa were also witnessing tsunami waves.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the eruption at 0410 GMT of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai underwater volcano, located about 65 km north of Nuku Alofa, caused a 1.2m tsunami. The agency said it was continuing to monitor the situation, but no tsunami threat had been issued to the Australian mainland islands or territories.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of 2.7 feet (83 cm) were seen in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa and 2 feet in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa.
The US-based Tsunami Monitor later canceled warnings for American Samoa and the US territory of Hawaii, but said a tsunami threat remained for parts of the Pacific near the volcano.
Shadows dark in parts of Tonga, people fleeing to safer places
Fiji issued a tsunami warning urging residents to avoid going ashore due to strong currents and dangerous waves. Jesse Tuisinu, a television reporter from the Fiji Forest, posted a video on Twitter of huge waves rushing to the shore, with people in their cars trying to run away from the oncoming waves. He said it was really dark in some parts of Tonga and people were fleeing to safer places after the blast.