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World Eruption to Tonga: The threat of tsunami completed in the Pacific, importing damage

14:58  16 january  2022
14:58  16 january  2022 Source:   liberation.fr

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Le tsunami a fait chavirer des bateaux jusqu'au Japon, comme ici à Muroto, ce dimanche. © Kyodo The tsunami has capsized boats to Japan, as here in Muroto, this Sunday.

Important damage but no victims to deplore for the moment. The tsunami caused by the powerful eruption, Saturday, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai , an underwater volcano of Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, has certainly ravaged some ribs but would not have taken away lives Human. "The tsunami has had a significant impact on the northern coastline of Nuku'alofa» , the capital of the Tonga Islands, "with boats and big rocks rejected on the shore" , but no victim has been reported , according to Neo Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Tsunamis Alert Center for the Pacific (PTWC) specified during the night from Saturday to Sunday that the threat of Raz-de-tide was "globally past" for the riparian countries of the ocean, even if Light variations in sea level remain possible for a few hours.

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"Nuku'Alofa is covered with a thick cloud of volcanic ash, but otherwise the situation is calm and stable" , added the Neo-Zealand Prime Minister, after entering into contact with the Embassy of his country in Tonga . She added that the extent of damage was difficult to assess in the small kingdom of the Pacific as communications were cut. Tonga need to stock up in water, "she added, because " The ash cloud caused contamination. " New Zealand will send a military recognition aircraft to fly over the region on Monday if the volcanic ash cloud allows.

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of the waves of 1.2 Meter swept over the capital of Tonga, where the inhabitants said they fled to the heights, leaving behind flooded houses, while stones and ash fell from the sky. Trusted spaces have shown the moment of the eruption Saturday of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, on one of the uninhabited islands of Tonga: a huge mushroom of smoke and ashes, and a wave immediately triggered. The eruption triggered tsunamis in the Pacific, with waves of 1.74 meters measured in Chanaral, Chile, more than 10,000 kilometers away, and smaller waves observed along the Pacific coast, of the Alaska in Mexico. Waves of about 1.2 meters struck the Pacific coast of Japan.

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In California, the city of Santa Cruz was touched by floods due to a tresunami wave generated by videos shared by the American National Meteorological Service. Peru, where "abnormal waves" were observed, according to the civil defense, closed 22 ports per precaution and the police indicated that they rescued 23 people on the coast, without specifying under what circumstances.

The Underwater Volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai, located about 65 km from the Tongan Capital Nuku'alofa, had emerged during an eruption in 2009, and had spitting so many big rocks and ashes in The air in 2015 that a new island two kilometers long over one kilometer wide and 100 meters high formed when they deposited. The American Geological Institute (USGS) recorded Saturday's eruption as equivalent to a magnitude earthquake 5.8 at a zero depth. The eruption lasted eight minutes and sent gas, ash and smoke plumes several kilometers into the air.

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