'Screams everywhere': Tsunami waves crash through homes in Tonga after eruption

Tragic and tragic news comes out of Tonga after a tsunami swept across the Pacific islands.

Local people reported that waves were crashing into their houses while they were eating supper, and a man was carrying his grandmother as she ran to the roof of her house.

Typhoon flooded coastal areas of Tonga after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai eruption was around 5.30pm on Saturday, during NZ, following. early blast Friday which sent ash, steam and air over 20 miles of air.

Waves erupted in the house where a volcano erupted near the Tongan islands.

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Waves erupted in the house where a volcano erupted near the Tongan islands.

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‘You hear every sound’

Mere Taufa said he was in the house with his family, preparing dinner when he heard and heard the explosion.

“It was huge, the ground shook, our house shook. It was because of the waves, my brother thought the bombs were about to explode nearby, ”said Taufa.

“My first goal was to hide under a table. I grabbed my little sister, and yelled at my parents and others in the house to do the same.”

He said the next thing he knew the water would fill their house.

“We knew right away that it was a tsunami. The water was just coming out of our house.”

He saw the walls of one of his neighbors’ houses collapse from his window.

“You just hear every scream, people screaming for safety, for everyone to get to the top.”

The locals were worried about what the night would bring

Tevita Sailosi carried her elderly grandmother to the roof of their Nuku’alofa house when the tsunami hit.

“We are still shocked to be honest, first we heard the explosion, then the water is in our house,” said Sailosi.

Her family was safe, but she was worried about what the night would bring.

A tsunami alert has been issued in Tonga.

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A tsunami alert has been issued in Tonga.

“I hope we are out of here, and there are no more waves. Right now we are still living, we have our phones and radio, any changes.

“We hear screams, people help where they can. We also heard another song, so it inspired us a bit. We hope everyone else is safe outside. “

A local who did not want to be named Things The New Zealand High Commission building was “full of people, and they are in dire need of food”.

They said “Soup, Popua, Fangaloto, Patangata were underwater at the end of the light” and it was “terrifying darkness everywhere”.

“A young man who had just arrived wet said he ran away from his friends at home without knowing what had happened to his family. They do not know if they have left home because they do not have a car. ”

It is located about 20 miles[30 km]southeast of Fonuafo’ou Island in Tonga.

It was a frequent eruption in late December.

New Zealanders have warned against moving to the coast

The counsel of the world was issued by the National Emergency Management Agency in New Zealand shortly after 8.15pm, warning that coastal areas north and east of the North Island coast will receive “strong and unusual waves” and “unidentified coastal waves”.

NEMA says there are dangers for swimmers, swimmers, fishermen, small boats and anyone on the water or near the shore.

People on the beach or near the beach should get out of the water, offshore and along the coast and away from ports, rivers and beaches until 4am on Sunday, and people have been warned not to go to the beach. to watch “strange” events. .

Coastal floods (floods in coastal areas) are not expected, and there was no reason to leave the area unless specifically instructed by local security officials, the agency – issued around 8.15pm – said.

Storms and waves will continue for several hours and the threat “should be considered real” until the plan is resolved, NEMA said.

‘Rain’ rocks in Tonga

Meanwhile in Tonga, Jesse Tuisinu, a journalist at Fiji One, posted a video on Twitter showing “I hate” parts of the island, and said people were “rushing to safety” following the blast.

Lavinia Taumoepeau-Latu, a former security guard at the United States Interior Ministry, was on the phone with her husband at the time, but lost contact and could not reconnect for an hour.

While he was still speaking, darkness fell and small stones were thrown at Tonga.

As she spoke, her husband told her that there were people who wanted to flee to higher ground, but since there was only one street from the town radio messages that told people from the central and eastern areas to move to allow others. to get out.

“In the area where he was, I can only imagine the black and stone clouds. “The urban environment and the coastline are the main causes of the tsunami,” he said. Things.

Mary Fonua, a journalist living in Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa, said 1No Saturday evening that things were “dangerous”.

“Forgive the vibration of my voice because we have had a very difficult time,” he said 1No.

Fonua said there was a “big bang” when the volcano erupted and was followed by waves about 15 minutes later, and said the “big, rolling” waves were heading for a nearby, low-lying village.

“These white waves could be seen from the horizon. “After about three waves came on the road and entered our field,” he said 1No.

Fonua said he saw lightning flashing in the direction of the blast, which he described as “still active”, and said he felt ashes on his forehead and eyes.

Warnings in Fiji and American Samoa

The United States has issued a tsunami alert in American Samoa.

The U.S. Emergency Alert Twitter account says the “catastrophic” tsunami was caused by volcanic eruptions in Tonga, and monitoring is underway to determine the cause.

The Fiji government has also advised residents living in low-lying coastal areas going to higher ground in anticipation of strong currents and tidal waves. Fiji has opened shelter, including school, due to the “strange strange waves”.

Meanwhile, there have been reports on television from as far away as neighboring Fiji – northwest of Tonga – hearing or hearing the blast.

Dr Frank Ross, who lives in Suva, Fiji – more than 800 kilometers from Tonga – said there had been “immovable, immobilized bombs” for half an hour that were still operating at 7pm NZ.

“The house was shaking, I realized it must have exploded.

“I went outside, and it sounded like a loud explosion, an explosion, a long explosion, but there was no thunder … it must have been huge,” he said.

“It was a shock a few minutes ago – it comes and goes, then it has to be a series of explosions. It has been going on for half an hour or 45 minutes.”

Ross said there were no signs of sea turmoil near his home, which he said was about 100 meters from the sea.

New Zealand reaction

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) said there were 18 New Zealanders registered with SafeTravel in Tonga.

The MFAT had no “information” unless the New Zealanders were affected.

All New Zealanders in Tonga are advised to register at www.safetravel.govt.nz.

If you need help from the ambassador please contact the New Zealand High Commission at Nuku’alofa on +676 23122 or in the event of an emergency. + 64 99 20 20 20.

Meanwhile, Metservice also reported on the “strong current” from a recent eruption in New Zealand’s climate zones.

People on TV were also talking about “sonic booms” in New Zealand.


The waves hit the Pacific island nation after the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai eruption.

The Tauranga family, Kris and Tim, who did not want their last name used, believe they are hearing the explosion sitting in their living room.

“We were watching TV and the wind was blowing, the birds were tweeting, so on top of all that we heard a loud noise, like a boom, and we all looked at each other and said ‘what is that?’.

“It was very dangerous, there was a little noise far away,” he said Things.

“It was like Jurassic Park. As if T-Rex is coming from a distance and the water on the dash is shaking. That is what happened. ”

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