Tonga Cut Off After Volcanic Eruption, Tsunami

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that communications with Tonga have been difficult since the volcanic eruption.

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1/16/2022 5:30:00 AM

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that communications with Tonga have been difficult since the volcanic eruption.

An undersea volcano erupted on Saturday, triggering a tsunami that was centered on Tonga and also sparked advisories to stay away from beaches in New Zealand, Australia and parts of the U.S.’s west coast.

Jan. 15, 2022 8:35 pm ETWELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand’s leader called the volcanic eruption near Tonga “hugely concerning,” as the Pacific archipelago remained largely cut off from the world a day after tsunami waves crashed onto its shores.Anundersea volcano erupted powerfully on Saturday

, generating a gigantic ash cloud and triggering a tsunami that was centered on Tonga and also sparked cautionary advisories to stay away from beaches in New Zealand, Australia and parts of the U.S.’s West Coast.New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that communications with Tonga have been difficult since the eruption. She said New Zealand diplomats and the country’s military are working to ascertain what assistance is needed for Tonga, a nation of about 100,000 people.

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Tonga volcano eruption triggers tsunami warnings in Japan, Pacific islandsAn underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuation orders in Japan and causing large waves in several South Pacific islands, where footage on social media showed waves crashing into coastal homes. tonyserrata The entire coast of CA was on alert today. It caused rain here in Bakersfield.

stephen.wright@wsj.com Jan. 15, 2022 8:35 pm ET WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand’s leader called the volcanic eruption near Tonga “hugely concerning,” as the Pacific archipelago remained largely cut off from the world a day after tsunami waves crashed onto its shores. An undersea volcano erupted powerfully on Saturday , generating a gigantic ash cloud and triggering a tsunami that was centered on Tonga and also sparked cautionary advisories to stay away from beaches in New Zealand, Australia and parts of the U.S.’s West Coast. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that communications with Tonga have been difficult since the eruption. She said New Zealand diplomats and the country’s military are working to ascertain what assistance is needed for Tonga, a nation of about 100,000 people. Calls to government offices, emergency services and hotels in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa didn’t connect on Sunday. Kentik, an internet monitoring service, said connectivity with Tonga plummeted to zero early Saturday evening in the aftermath of the eruption. There have been no official reports of casualties or deaths. Waves from the eruption swept into a marina in New Zealand, damaging boats. Photo: Tanya White/Associated Press Video posted online by a Tongan government worker who identified himself on Twitter as Dr. Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau showed fast moving, but relatively low waves crashing ashore and inundating homes. Other posts from Dr. Taumoefolau described the sound of the eruption as “pretty violent” and reported significant ash fall and darkened skies. Tonga’s consulate to the European Union posted images of flooded coastal areas and properties on its Twitter account and said damage was extreme. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was following the situation with concern and U.N. offices in the Pacific are on standby to provide support if needed. The volcano, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, has had a series of eruptions in recent weeks, creating a new small island in the Pacific. Tonga, in the south western Pacific Ocean, is an archipelago of about 170 islands formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Once part of the British Empire, Tonga regained full independence in 1970. Its economy is reliant on agriculture and trade with New Zealand and Australia. Write to