Satellite imagery reveals an enormous ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption.
Waves crossed the shoreline of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, on Saturday, flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties, in line with CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ).
A tsunami warning has been issued for the islands of Tonga. Tsunami advisories have additionally been issued as far-off as New Zealand’s North Island.
The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano first erupted Friday, sending a plume of ash 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) into the air, in line with RNZ.
A second eruption hit on Saturday at 5:26 p.m. native time, RNZ reported.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology stated it recorded a tsunami wave of 1.2 meters (about 4 ft) close to Nuku’alofa at 5:30 p.m. native time on Saturday.
Ash was falling from the sky in Nuku’alofa on Saturday night and cellphone connections have been down, RNZ stated.
The volcano is situated about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou island, in line with RNZ.
In addition to the tsunami warning, Tonga’s Meteorological Services have issued advisories for heavy rain, flash flooding and robust winds in lands and coastal waters.
The close by island of Fiji has additionally issued a public advisory asking folks dwelling in low mendacity coastal areas to “transfer to security in anticipation of the sturdy currents and harmful waves.”
A tsunami watch is in impact for all Samoan low-lying coastal areas, the Samoa Meteorological Service stated. “All folks dwelling on low-lying coastal areas are suggested to avoid seaside areas,” the company stated, and the general public ought to chorus from visiting coastal areas.
A tsunami advisory has additionally been issued for coastal areas on the north and east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and the Chatham Islands, the place “sturdy and strange currents and unpredictable surges on the shore” are anticipated, in line with New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency.
New Zealand’s official climate service stated its climate stations throughout the nation had noticed “a stress surge” on Saturday night from the eruption.
An earlier tsunami warning issued for American Samoa has since been canceled, in line with the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
There is not any tsunami menace to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from a “distant eruption,” in line with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
The volcano had been energetic from December 20, however was declared dormant on January 11, in line with RNZ.