An underwater volcano erupted in the Pacific Ocean, and tsunami waves hit Tonga Island
Saturday, 15 January 2022, 11:38 Updated: 12:01
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Submarine volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga, January 15, 2022 (Photo: Official Website, US Government)
An underwater volcano erupted today (Saturday) off the coast of Tonga Island in the Pacific Ocean, causing tsunami waves that swept homes.
Tsunami waves have also been observed off the coast of American Samoa, and a tsunami warning has been issued in several other countries in the region, including Fiji. No casualties are known at this time.
According to the Meteorological Service of Australia, the eruption of the Honga Tonga-Honga submarine volcano, located about 65 km north of the Tonga capital, Nuku'lofa, caused a 1.2-meter tsunami.
In New Zealand, the emergency services have issued a warning of tsunami activity on the north and east coasts.
She warned that these areas are expected to experience strong and unusual waves, and strong and unexpected waves along the coast.
Asia and the Pacific