(TONGA) JUST IN: Volcano Erupts Report: A tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific nation of after a giant undersea volcano eruption #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.15: Authorities in nearby Fiji also issued a warning, telling people to avoid the shoreline due to strong currents and dangerous waves.

#AceDailyNews says according to media reports Tonga has issued a #Tsunami WARNING after underwater volcano erupts MetroUK by Saturday 15 Jan 2022 10:02 am

Video footage posted to social media showed huge waves washing ashore and flooding into homes in coastal areas.

Tonga issues tsunami warning after underwater volvano erupts
People have been warned to get to higher ground (Picture: Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau/Twitter/Tonga Geological Services)

King Tupou VI was reportedly evacuated from his palace near the shore as residents headed for higher ground.

Underwater volcano eruption off Tongan coast sparks tsunami warnings

The explosion of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano was the latest in a series of spectacular eruptions.

A Twitter user identified as Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted video showing waves crashing ashore, writing: ‘Can literally hear the volcano eruption, sounds pretty violent.’

He added in a later post: ‘Raining ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky.’

Earlier, the Matangi Tonga news site reported that scientists had observed massive explosions, thunder and lightning near the volcano after it started erupting early on Friday.

Tonga issues tsunami warning after underwater volvano erupts
Footage posted online shows huge waves washing ashore (Picture: Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau/Twitter)

Tsunami warnings in American Samoa after Tonga volcano erupts

The site said satellite images showed a three-mile-wide plume of ash, steam and gas rising about 12 miles into the air.

More than 1,400 miles away in New Zealand, officials warned of storm surges from the eruption.

The National Emergency Management Agency said some parts could expect ‘strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore following a large volcanic eruption’.

Late on Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the threat to American Samoa appeared to have passed, although minor sea fluctuations could continue.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jan.15: 2022:

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