Date : 16 Jan 2022
Tonga hit by tsunami after volcanic eruptionTags :
Why in News?
- The Pacific country of Tonga experienced a large volcanic eruption followed by a tsunami that flooded parts of the capital, Nuku'alofa, which is lies just 65km north of the volcano.
- An underwater volcano erupted near the remote Pacific nation of Tonga.
- The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano sent shockwaves across the South Pacific triggering tsunami warnings across the Pacific and for the West Coast of the United States, and causing strong waves and currents in many coastal areas.
- The volcano is located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) southeast of Tonga's Fonuafo'ou island and about 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Nuku'alofa.
- According to the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the surge wave reached a height of 2.7 feet in Nuku'alofa.
- The Tonga Geological Services said that the plumes of gas, smoke and ash pouring from the volcano reached 20km into the sky.