Stay updates: Tonga hit with tsunami after volcanic eruption

A tsunami has hit Tonga’s largest island, Tongatapu. (@sakakimoana/Twitter)

Waves crossed the shoreline of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, on Saturday, flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties, based on CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand.

Tonga’s King Tupou VI was evacuated from the Royal Palace after the tsunami flooded the capital, RNZ reported, citing native media stories {that a} convoy of police and troops rushed the monarch to a villa at Mata Ki Eua.

Residents headed for increased floor, RNZ mentioned, as waves swept the palace grounds, waterfront and foremost road.

Ash was falling from the sky in Nuku’alofa on Saturday night and telephone connections have been down, based on RNZ.

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano first erupted Friday, sending a plume of ash 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) into the air, based on RNZ.

A second eruption hit on Saturday at 5:26 p.m. native time, RNZ reported.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology mentioned it recorded a tsunami wave of 1.2 meters (about 4 ft) close to Nuku’alofa at 5:30 p.m. native time on Saturday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Middle mentioned tsunami waves of two.7 ft (83 cm) have been noticed by gauges at Nuku’alofa and waves of two ft at Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, Reuters reported.


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