Watch: Devastating volcanic eruption rocks Tonga, Tsunami warning issued in Fiji, NZ

Nuku’alofa/Bhubaneswar: A massive underwater volcanic eruption on Saturday triggered Tsunami warnings in several countries including Tonga, New Zealand and Fiji.

Images and videos circulating on social media show huge waves washing through cities. According to reports, local witnesses said that ash is raining down on Toga’s capital Nuku’alofa. Authorities have urged residents to move to higher ground in order to avoid the flooding.

The underwater volcanic eruption is the latest in a series of eruptions witnessed in Tonga. As per reports, the eight-minute eruption was so violent and so loud that it could be be heard in Fiji which is located 800 km away. In New Zealand, which lies more than 2,000 km away, authorities have warned of a storm surge triggered by the eruption.

Volcanic smoke, ash and gas from the eruption reached 20 km into the sky, according to the Tonga Geological Services.

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