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Tidal waves of more than one meter: Volcano in the island state of Tonga triggers tsunami in the South Pacific – Panorama – Society

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Tidal waves of more than one meter: Volcano in the island state of Tonga triggers tsunami in the South Pacific - Panorama - Society

The eruption of an undersea volcano in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga has prompted tsunami warnings across much of the Pacific. A tsunami warning was issued for all of Tonga on Saturday, according to the local weather agency. Local media said tidal waves inundated properties on the main island of Tongatapu after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano erupted. It had rained ash and telephone connections had failed. The extent of the damage was initially unclear late in the evening (local time).[Wenn Sie aktuelle Nachrichten aus Berlin, Deutschland und der Welt live auf Ihr Handy haben wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen unsere App, die Sie hier für Apple- und Android-Geräte herunterladen können.]According to media reports, Tonga’s King Tupou VI. brought to safety from the royal palace in the capital Nuku’alofa. According to the Australian Meteorological Agency, a 1.2 meter high wave was observed in the city. The authorities of other Pacific countries also issued tsunami warnings, including Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. People have been urged to stay away from coastal areas. A Fiji TV reporter posted a video on Twitter showing smaller tidal waves hitting land and people fleeing to safety in their cars. For American Samoa, the US National Weather Service said (NOAA) reissued the tsunami warning. The volcanic eruption led to a tsunami. Based on the available data, it can be assumed that the tsunami danger is over, but that there could still be fluctuations in sea level, it said. The volcano has been active again and again since December. However, according to TGS, the latest eruption was seven times stronger than the last eruption. The agency also warned of possible acid rain in the region. According to the local weather office, only small tsunami waves of up to 30 centimeters were initially registered on Friday. The volcano is about 30 kilometers southeast of Tonga’s Fonuafo’ou Island (also known as Falcon Island). (AP, Reuters)



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