Underwater volcanic eruption triggers tsunami warnings across Pacific

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Tsunami alerts were issued across large parts of the South Pacific after an underwater volcano near Tonga erupted on Saturday and sent large waves crashing ashore the island kingdom. The giant eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano triggered a tsunami in Tonga. Local media on the island chain reported a downpour of ash, the flooding of properties and disruptions to phone and power connections, but the extent of the devastation was unclear by late evening. The Bureau of Meteorology Australia said a 1.2 metre tsunami wave had been observed at Nuku’alofa, Tonga’s capital. Tonga’s King …

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