Tsunami waves have hit the island state of Tonga after volcanic eruptions

The Australian Meteorological Institute writes on Twitter that the 1.2 meter wave has been observed at Nuku’alofa, which is the capital of Tonga and the country’s largest city.

Videos posted on social media show large waves washing inland.

The Australian newspaper The Sunday Morning Herald reports Saturday morning that the waves are washing inland coastal areas with settlements.

In a video posted on Twitter, you see the waves clearly washing in over land in large quantities.

Australian authorities are now working to determine the extent of the damage in question, in order to send aid from Canberra.

Tonga’s meteorological services previously issued a tsunami alert that applies to the whole of Tonga. The volcanic eruption started on Saturday and is currently the last of a series of spectacular eruptions in the volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai.

Tonga is located between New Zealand and Hawaii and consists of 172 small islands. The country has a population of 100,000.

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