Underwater volcano in the Pacific erupts prompting tsunami warnings in Tonga and parts of New Zealand, ash cloud detected, low-lying airports could be impacted

From the Washington Post: Several low-lying airports could be impacted:

“The powerful eruption of an underwater volcano put the entire Pacific nation of Tonga under a tsunami warning, along with other nearby islands and some parts of New Zealand.

Footage on social media showed waves crashing into homes on a shoreline after the latest in a series of eruptions of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano. It spewed ash, steam and gas up to 20 km (12 miles) into the air on Friday, the Tonga Geological Services said, and local media reported ash falling over parts of the capital.”

Tongatapu is Tonga’s largest and most populous island, the location of the capital and the center of government and business. Fua’amotu International Airport is Tonga’s main airport and international gateway. The airport is 21km from the capital of Nuku’alofa. Direct services to Tongatapu are operated by Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia and Talofa Airways.

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