DEVELOPING STORY: Tsunami waves pounded the island of Tonga after a series of underground volcano eruptions. Video shows water pouring into houses and at least one church as terrified citizens fled to high ground. A tsunami warning was also issued for American Samoa.
A Twitter user identified as Dr. Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted video showing waves crashing ashore.
“Can literally hear the volcano eruption, sounds pretty violent,” he wrote, adding in a later post, “Raining ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky.”
Video of the explosion and tsunami are posted below.
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This is the moment tsunami waves crash into Tonga, after an underwater volcano erupted earlier on Saturday.— 1News (@1NewsNZ) January 15, 2022
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Volcán submarimo en Oceanía Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai. Se aprecia claramente la columna de ceniza y la interacción del agua del mar con la erupción. pic.twitter.com/xCcSczgbb0— ?????????????? (@EarthquakeChil1) January 8, 2022
Mannnn my heart hurts for my people rn ????? pic.twitter.com/QjzW5f1uAy— Aki??? (@ahkee_fifita) January 15, 2022
Stay safe everyone ?? pic.twitter.com/OhrrxJmXAW— Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau (@sakakimoana) January 15, 2022
Parts of Fiji and Tonga are experiencing a tsunami right now. pic.twitter.com/tOEtAWunKb— ☭ ?? jσєуաrecκ’ˢ Ɗуѕтσριαη Ƒυтυяє ?? ? (@joeywreck) January 15, 2022
Jaw-dropping satellite imagery of the volcanic eruption in Tonga.— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) January 15, 2022
This family were in church. They’d just finish having choir practice and the tsunami hit ?❤️?? #Tsunami #Tonga #Oceania pic.twitter.com/j1poqeJ5Td— Journalist Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) January 15, 2022