Moscow, Russia: Tsunami warnings have been issued by Russia and Japan after massive eruptions from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, located around 30 kilometers from Tonga. Powerful waves hit Tonga on Saturday, reaching the capital Nuku’alofa.
The eruption came just a few hours after the previous tsunami warning was lifted.
Satellite images show the eruption throwing up a giant ash cloud and smoke into the air, alongwith the shockwaves spreading from the eruption. In addition to the tsunami warning, the country’s meteorological services have issued advisories for heavy rain, flash flooding, and storms.
Russian emergency authorities are predicting that the underwater eruptions could trigger waves up to 20 centimeters high in Russia’s Kuril Islands. After Tonga’s volcano eruption, Russia and Japan have issued tsunami warnings.
The Japan’s Meteorological Agency said that it is expecting up to 3 meters high waves to reach the Amami and Tokara Islands.