A submarine volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, issuing tsunami warnings to several island nations in the South Pacific, and social media footage showing waves rushing home.
Tsunamis were observed in the capitals of Tonga and American Samoa, according to a US-based tsunami monitor.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Saturday 0410 GMT eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai submarine volcano, located about 65 kilometers north of Nuku’alofa, caused a 1.2-meter tsunami. The Friday eruption of the same volcano caused a smaller tsunami of 30 centimeters.
Authorities continued to monitor the situation, but said there were no tsunami threats to mainland Australia, the islands, or the territory.
A 61-centimeter tsunami was observed on gauges in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
US-based monitors later canceled the warning to American Samoa’s US territory.
The eruption of the volcano was heard in Fiji, more than 800 kilometers from Tonga. Authorities then issued a tsunami warning, urging residents to avoid the coastline “due to strong tides and dangerous waves.”
Fiji One TV reporter Jese Tuisinu posted a video on Twitter showing a big wave rushing to the shore and people trying to escape the looming waves in their cars. “It’s literally dark in some parts of Tonga, and people are rushing safely after the eruption,” he said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency of New Zealand has issued recommendations for its north and east coast tsunami activities. Strong anomalous tides and unpredictable coastal surges are expected in the region.
On Friday, the volcano sent up to 20 kilometers of ash, steam, and gas into the air, Tonga Geological Services said in a Facebook post. The radius is 260 kilometers.
After the volcanic eruption, a tsunami was observed in American Samoa, Tonga.
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