Concerns mount for Tonga after tsunami triggered by underwater volcano

16/1/2022 5:20:00 AM

Concerns mount for Tonga after tsunami triggered by underwater volcano

AnInternet and phone lines went down at about 6.40pm local time on Saturday, leaving the 105,000 residents on the islands virtually uncontactable.The New Zealand foreign ministry said there were no reports of injuries or deaths as yet but communications were limited.

Around 230,000 people were advised to evacuate across eight prefectures due to the tsunami risk, NHK reported. The alert included areas hit by the deadly 2011 tsunami.Tongan churches in New Zealand organised prayers for their families back home.The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano has erupted regularly over the past few decades but Saturday's eruption was so loud that residents parts of faraway Fiji and New Zealand said they heard it.

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Concerns mount for Tonga after tsunami triggered by underwater volcanoWELLINGTON: Pacific nations and humanitarian groups struggled to establish communications with Tonga on Sunday (Jan 16) after a tsunami triggered by a massive volcanic eruption cut telephone and Internet connections, nice picture whoa 😯, that looks like a bomb went off!!! that you for sharing this satellite picture of the tsunami. hope people are safe, is scary and sad this situation happens, but unfortunately mother nature is a mystery. It seems like a blast of atomic bomb... I hope people around there are safe 😔😔

Tsunami caused by Tonga volcano eruption hits Japan's coastA tsunami caused by a massive underwater volcanic eruption off Tonga has reached Japan\u0027s shores, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. A 1.2m-high wave was registered at 11.55pm local Alex_BSDVP Ohhh my God!!😮

Tsunami waves crash ashore in Tonga after powerful eruption

Concerns mount for Tonga after tsunami triggered by underwater volcanoWELLINGTON: Pacific nations and humanitarian groups struggled to establish communications with Tonga on Sunday (Jan 16) after a tsunami triggered by a massive volcanic eruption cut telephone and Internet connections, nice picture whoa 😯, that looks like a bomb went off!!! that you for sharing this satellite picture of the tsunami. hope people are safe, is scary and sad this situation happens, but unfortunately mother nature is a mystery. It seems like a blast of atomic bomb... I hope people around there are safe 😔😔

Tsunami caused by Tonga volcano eruption hits Japan's coastA tsunami caused by a massive underwater volcanic eruption off Tonga has reached Japan\u0027s shores, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. A 1.2m-high wave was registered at 11.55pm local Alex_BSDVP Ohhh my God!!😮

Tsunami waves crash ashore in Tonga after powerful eruption

Copy to clipboard https://str.sg/wQMi WELLINGTON (REUTERS, XINHUA) - Pacific nations and humanitarian groups struggled to establish communications with Tonga on Sunday (Jan 16) after a tsunami triggered by a massive volcanic eruption cut telephone and Internet connections, raising concerns for the tiny island nation. An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuation orders on the shores of Tonga as well as several South Pacific islands, where footage on social media showed waves crashing into coastal homes. Internet and phone lines went down at about 6.40pm local time on Saturday, leaving the 105,000 residents on the islands virtually uncontactable. "The images of the volcanic eruption in close proximity to Tonga are hugely concerning," Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, located about 2,383km from Tonga, said in a statement on Instagram. "Communication as a result of the eruption has been difficult, but our defence force team and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working as we speak to establish what's needed and how we can help," she said. The New Zealand foreign ministry said there were no reports of injuries or deaths as yet but communications were limited. Ardern will address the media at 3pm New Zealand time (10am Singapore time) to give an update on the situation. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens were advised to evacuate on Sunday as waves of more than a metre hit coastal areas, public broadcaster NHK reported. Around 230,000 people were advised to evacuate across eight prefectures due to the tsunami risk, NHK reported. The alert included areas hit by the deadly 2011 tsunami. Ten boats were capsized in Kochi prefecture on Shikoku island in southern Japan, NHK said, and Japan Airlines cancelled 27 flights at airports across the country. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Pacific Office in Suva, Fiji said it was monitoring the situation and had no updates on damages or casualties. Tongan churches in New Zealand organised prayers for their families back home. "We pray God will help our country at this sad moment. We hope everybody is safe...," Maikeli Atiola, the Secretary of the Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Auckland said, Radio New Zealand reported. An image satellite shows the eruption of an underwater volcano off Tonga on Jan 15, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano has erupted regularly over the past few decades but Saturday's eruption was so loud that residents parts of faraway Fiji and New Zealand said they heard it. Satellite images captured the volcanic eruption on Saturday as the explosion sent plumes of smoke into the air and about 19km above the sea level. The sky over Tonga was darkened by the ash. The eruptions triggered tsunami warnings across the Pacific, with the United States and Japan urging people on their Pacific coastlines to stay away from the shores. Australia issued a marine tsunami warning for the New South Wales coastlines, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island, and said local beaches along the state's coast have been closed. A tsunami advisory was also issued in New Zealand. The Ecuadorian Navy Oceanographic Institute (INOCAR) also on Saturday issued a tsunami warning for Puerto Ayora, the largest town in central Galapagos Islands, some 1,000km west from continental Ecuador. People evacuate the coastline in Chile following a tsunami preventive advisory generated by local authorities on Jan 15, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS The agency said in a statement that “significant variations in sea level have been recorded in the Academy Bay on Santa Cruz Island,” where Puerto Ayora is located. The tide gauges located on Santa Cruz and Baltra Islands registered “disturbances in the sea level generated by the volcanic eruption,” which began to arrive at the shores of the Galapagos Islands at 11.43am Saturday local time (12.43am Sunday Singapore time), it said. The agency said that the status of tsunami observation is ongoing for the rest of the Galapagos Islands as well as for the continental coast of the country, adding “other points of the continental and insular coast could experience similar disturbances.” Embed Twitter