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Tsunami observed in American Samoa after the eruption of the Tonga volcano

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An undersea volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations, with images on social media showing waves crashing into homes.

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Tsunami waves were seen in the capital of Tonga and the capital of American Samoa, a US-based tsunami watcher said.

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano, located about 65 km (40 miles) north of Nuku’alofa, caused a 1.2-meter (4-foot) tsunami, the Bureau said. Australian Meteorology.

The agency said it was continuing to monitor the situation but no tsunami threats had been issued on the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

Tsunami waves of 2.7ft (83cm) were observed by gauges at the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa and waves of 2ft at Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. .

Fiji has issued a tsunami warning, urging residents to avoid the coast “due to strong currents and dangerous waves”.

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Fiji One TV reporter Jese Tuisinu posted a video on Twitter showing large waves breaking on the shore, with people trying to flee the oncoming waves in their cars.

“It is literally dark in parts of Tonga and people are rushing to safety after the eruption,” he said.

New Zealand’s Emergency Management Agency has issued a tsunami activity advisory for its north and east coasts, with areas expected to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable shoreline surges.

On Friday, the volcano sent ash, steam and gas up to 20 km (12 miles) into the air, Tonga Geological Services said in a Facebook post. It has a radius of 260 km (160 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu said a tsunami advisory remained in effect for the US state of Hawaii, where tsunami waves were reported early Saturday morning.

The center also said tsunami advisories were in place for Attu Island in western Alaska and along the California-Mexico border.