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In Tonga, residents flee tsunami after volcano erupts

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m was observed in Nuku’alofa”,”text”:”A 1.20m tsunami was observed in Nuku’alofa”}}”>A 1.20 meter tsunami was observed in Nuku’alofa, the country’s capital, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced. The previous tsunami had not exceeded 30 centimeters. And the alert had just been lifted when a new eruption took place.

It was a massive explosion, explained to the news site stuff a resident, Mere Taufa, who was at home at the time, preparing dinner.

The ground shook, the whole house shook. It came in waves. My younger brother thought bombs were exploding near our house. »

A quote from Mother Taufa, witness

A few minutes later, the water invaded their house, and she saw the wall of a neighboring house crumble.

We immediately knew it was a tsunami, with this water gushing into the house. You could hear screams all around, and everyone started to flee to the heights, she added.

Tsunami warnings have also been issued for Fiji and Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

Australian authorities have warned the population of Sydney and its region, New South Wales, of get out of the water, and move away from the water’s edge.

The king of Tonga, Tupou VI, was evacuated from the royal palace of Nuku’alofa and taken to a villa far from the coast.

The eruption lasted 8 minutes, and was so loud it was heard like a sound of distant thunder on the Fiji Islands, more than 800 km away, Fiji officials said

They also warned residents to cover water supplies to protect them from acid rain or ash.

Victorina Kioa of the Tonga Public Utilities Commission called on people to stay away from all threatened locations i.e. beaches, reefs and all flat coastlines.

The authorities have also advised the entire population to stay indoors as much as possible, to wear masks if they have to go out and, there too, to protect all water supplies.

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai is located on one of the uninhabited islands of Tonga, about 65 km from the capital Nuku’alofa.

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