Tsunami warnings are in force across Tonga and American Samoa following a devastating volcanic shockwave. Terrifying satellite footage shows the moment the underwater volcano erupted, sparking a tsunami alert. Local residents posted videos of large waves washing ashore in coastal areas as officials urged immediate evacuation.
@US_Stormwatch tweeted footage of the satellite explosion: “Tonga’s Hunga Tonga volcano just had one of the most violent volcano eruptions ever captured on satellite.”
One Tonga resident Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau tweeted images of ash-covered windows, adding: “Raining ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky.”
Other footage showed the sky “turn pitch black” as ash fell across the island.
Tsunami waves measuring two feet in height were observed by sea-level gauges at the capital of the US territory of American Samoa following volcanic activity in Tonga, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.
One official in American Samoa posted a video urging evacuation, telling residents: “We have a tsunami warning at this time. Please evacuate to higher ground immediately”
The eruption at the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Saturday was the latest in a series of spectacular eruptions underwater volcano.
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