Tsunami waves

Tongan tsunami felt around the Pacific

The series of volcanic eruptions were also heard in Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Cook Islands.

Multiple communities in Fiji experienced surges soon after the tsunami and warnings were generated following the eruption again of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai seamount volcano.

Video footage from Samoa and the Cook Islands showed similar activity.

Tonga remains the hardest hit with destruction of homes, vehicles and infrastructure.

Parts of New Zealand were under tsunami advisory after the violent eruption of the underwater volcano.

New tsunami warning as waves hit Tonga

A tsunami wave struck Tongatapu after locals were urged to seek higher ground.

It came shortly after locals in Tongatapu reported “deafening” sound of an eruption this afternoon. They also reported stones pouring down in Tongatapu.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Kaniva News correspondent in Tonga Patimiosi Ngūngūtau shared a photo of sea waves flowing inland.

He described the deafening sound as “weird”.

“It was a rain of small black stones and black ashes”, he said.

He said they have evacuated to Liahona at the central south.

Tsunami waves observed in Vanuatu’s Aneityum island

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department said tsunami waves estimated at 0.9 to 1.0 metre have been observed in Aneityum Island.

People took to social media to share photos of the debris left behind by the waves in Aneityum.

According to VMGD, tidal records at Lenakel and Port Vila both confirmed the arrival of the waves.

The tsunami waves were caused by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake located 1745 km East-Southeast of Aneityum this morning.

The massive earthquake occurred at 6.28am (local time).

Tsunami waves cause flooding in low lying areas of Vanuatu

An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 located South East of Mare of Loyalty islands and at a depth of 69 km Thursday afternoon triggered the tsunami.

Aneituym and Aniwa islands in Vanuatu experienced the tsunami waves.

An aftershock of 6.6 Magnitude located at South East of Mare (Loyalty islands) and 40 km depth occurred at 17:43pm.

Vanuatu’s southern islands of Aneityum, Aniwa and South Tanna will continue to expect aftershocks and possible tsunami waves to travel.