Largest volcanic eruption fears tsunami in Tonga, surrounding countries

Pictures show high waves off the coast of Polynesia. Hanga Tonga A large cloud can be seen from space from the Hanga Ha’boy volcanic eruption.

It is unknown at this time what caused the deaths or injuries.

American Samoa

KNMI’s US-affiliated National Weather Service has issued a tsunami alert for US Samoa. People have been called to evacuate to higher elevations of the island.

Tsunami alert issued in New Zealand Strong currents are expected on the North Island, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

Fire ring

Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai Volcano is located on the border of two oceanic plates, the Australian and the Pacific, and is also known as the Ring of Fire. It is an extensive area of ​​active volcanoes that extends throughout the Pacific.

What happened here is that one plate ‘dived’ under another, explains Pioneer meteorologist Brian Verhoeven. This created a very strong volcanic activity that led to this eruption. It was so powerful, so visible from the shock wave satellites.

The eruption of this massively submerged volcano raised the water, which led to a tsunami.

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