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- Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano eruption, tsunami hits Tonga
Tsunami hits Tonga after giant volcano eruption (20.536°S, 175.382°W)https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-60007119
Tsunami waves caused by a giant underwater volcanic eruption have hit the Pacific country of Tonga.
Not much in the way of an earthquake. I can only find a couple of Mag 5.0 earthquakes in the past week.Social media footage showed water washing through a church and several homes, and witnesses said ash was falling over the capital, Nuku'alofa.
The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano was heard across the South Pacific, reportedly as far as New Zealand and Australia.
Tonga's capital lies just 65km north of the volcano, on the country's main island of Tongatapu.
The volcano itself is a submarine volcano that breached sea level in 2009 due to a volcanic eruption and lies underwater between the two islands (Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai), which are the remnants of the western and northern rim of the volcano's caldera.
The volcano sits ~65 km north of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.
Prof Shane Cronin, a volcanologist at the University of Auckland, said the eruption was one of the biggest in Tonga in the past 30 years.
I'm trying to learn more about volcano and it's situation with respect to the rest of Tonga.
Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the country's southernmost island group.
I'm particularly interested in the jog in the Australia and Pacific tectonic plates where Tonga sits.
Edit/update - I corrected the location of the volcano with repsect to Nukuʻalofa on the island of Tongatapu, and I attached a map image of Tonga and its volcanoes (source: Smithsonian Institution).