I’ve always thought Tsunami are terrifying, the idea of a wall of water coming towards you that you can’t stop or control. I think it’s because I nearly drowned in Southend once I some freak waves
So I really fear for the people in Tonga after a volcano went off and the storms and waves it will cause. The sea is so powerful and deadly. I’d be terrified. It looks as if it was awful but could have been worse.
The photos of the eruption are amazing though, fascinating to see.
I was reading about this earlier. It must have been absolutely terrifying. I can’t begin to imagine how frightening it must be to see plumes of steam and ash 3 miles wide and rising about 12 miles - yes TWELVE MILES - into the air. Those poor people
We heard it!!!
A couple of big bangs, sounding rather muffled by the time it reached these shores and we didn’t immediately associate the sounds with Tonga and the volcano but scary enough…even issued a marine wave warning here…full on!
Was just a marine warning, so no threat to land. We are in no danger here but worry about my mother-in-law who is very fragile and lives in low lying part of the coast…something like that would be devastating hate to think.
I don’t know much about this but i think calling it a wave is a bit misleading. Of course it is a wave but it is very long so it is more like a tide rising, say, 1m suddenly rather than a breaker which collapses and recedes.
The eruption at 0410 GMT of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, located about 65km (40 miles) north of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, caused a 1.2-metre tsunami, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.
The eruption – captured in satellite images that show a huge plume of ash, steam and gas rising from the ocean – was heard and felt as far away as in Fiji and Vanuatu, where people reported feeling the ground and buildings shaking for hours.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of the damage in Tonga, but online videos showed huge waves in coastal areas, swirling around homes and buildings.
Communications and power were reportedly out across Tonga’s main island, and the government called up military reserves to assist with the response to the disaster.
Islands Business reported that a convoy of police and military troops evacuated King Tupou VI from his palace near the shore, and local news site Kaniva Tonga reported long lines of traffic as thousands of people attempted to reach higher ground across the main island.
Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau, a project coordinator working with the Tongan parliament, said the explosion had led to a fall of “ash and tiny pebbles, darkness blanketing the sky”.
Tsunami waves of 82cm (2.7 ft) were observed by gauges in the Tongan capital and waves of 60cm (2 ft) in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
We shall have to wait for a full report of the impact on lives and property.
Some surge action here last evening, damage done to a marina on the East coast of Northland (where I am…inland thankfully) but that was in combination with the tail end of a cyclone in the region.
Biggest issue currently seems to be getting and maintaining contact with Tonga.
Every sympathy to the people of Tonga and their relatives many of whom live in Auckland.
Unfortunately these things happen and there is no way to stop them. It was only a bit less than 2000 years ago that the Taupo eruption in NZ was the biggest eruption on earth in the last 5000 years. Luckily nobody lived here then!