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Tsunami waves detected after underwater volcano eruption in Tonga

Tsunami waves measuring two feet in height were generated in American Samoa after volcanic activity in Tonga, a US-based Pacific tsunami monitoring center said.

Tonga has issued a tsunami warning after an undersea volcano erupted in the Pacific nation on Saturday.

The Tonga Meteorological Services issued the Tonga-wide warning and said a tsunami warning has been put in effect for all of Tonga.

In a statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu said, “A tsunami was generated by this earthquake. And based on all available data, there is a threat to American Samoa from sea level fluctuations and strong ocean currents that could pose a hazard along beaches, in harbors and in coastal waters.

He also said the center was monitoring the tsunami threat.

Among the recommended actions, he said “people in or near the ocean along the coasts of all American Samoa should get out of the water immediately and away from beaches and harbours.”

Saturday’s volcanic eruption is the latest in a series of eruptions from the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano in the region.


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