Tsunami alert in Tonga as underwater volcano eruption causes big waves on the island | World news

A tsunami warning has been issued by the peaceful nation of Tonga after an underwater volcano erupted.

Video posted on social media platforms showed large waves crashing into coastal areas.

The Tonga Meteorological Service said a tsunami warning has been issued for the whole of Tonga.

Geologists see the huge ash plume. Photo: Geological Survey of Tonga, Government of Tonga

This is the latest in a series of spectacular eruptions from the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano.

Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted footage on Twitter showing water crashing onto the shore and flooding properties.

“Can literally hear the volcano erupting, pretty violent sounds,” he wrote.

Scientists observed massive explosions, thunder and lightning near the volcano after it erupted early Friday, the Matangi Tonga news site reported.

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

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

New Zealand’s national emergency management agency said it expected ‘unusual strong currents and unpredictable surges’ to hit the north and east coasts of the North Island and islands Chatham.

New Zealand weather forecasting company Weather Watch posted on Twitter: “The release of energy is simply amazing.

“Tonga is about 2,000 km from New Zealand. Reports of people hearing the sonic booms across New Zealand.”

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