Tsunami warnings issued for Tonga following volcanic eruption

Tsunami warnings issued for Tonga following volcanic eruption

(CNN)A tsunami warning has been issued for the islands of Tonga after an underwater volcano in the South Pacific exploded in a violent eruption on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and gas steam into the air. The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano first erupted Friday, sending a plume of ash 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) into the air, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ). A second eruption hit on Saturday at 5:26 p.m. local time, RNZ reported. Satellite image shows a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption. Waves from the eruption crossed the shoreline of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties, according to RNZ. The volcano is located about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) southeast of Tonga's Fonuafo'ou island, according to RNZ. In addition to …
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