Tsunami waves hit Tonga after volcanic eruption

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A volcano erupted under the sea on Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, triggering tsunami waves across the coast. AP reports.

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Running news: There were no immediate reports of injury or death and the full extent of the damage remains unknown, due to patchy communications with Tongatapu, which hit the island, per AP.

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state of play: The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Hapai volcano erupted for the first time on Friday, sending a plume of ash 12.4 miles into the air. Radio New Zealand reports.

  • A second explosion occurred on Saturday at 5:26 p.m. local time, according to RNZ.
  • It is the latest in a series of eruptions from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Hapai volcano, about 40 miles north of the capital.
  • King Taupo VI of Tonga was evicted from the Royal Palace after a tsunami flooded the capital Nuku’alofa, per RNZ.

Our bubble of thought Via Nerdshala’ Andrew Friedman: Satellite imagery showed a massive pile of material, potentially ash, water vapor and more, reaching at least 40,000 feet into the sky. This is a sign of a particularly powerful explosion.

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