Tsunami hits Tonga after underwater volcanic eruption


Tonga has been hit by several tsunami waves after an underwater volcanic eruption. Wave heights of 1.9 metres were forecasted.


Gas, smoke and ash exploded from the volcano and shot 20 kilometres into the sky. Ash was falling over the capital of Tonga, Nuku'alofa.


There were reports of waves advancing onto shore causing damage to buildings and homes.


Shockwaves were felt across the southern Pacific Ocean.


Fiji issued tsunami advisories. In New Zealand officials warned of storm surge as a result.


A tsunami advisory is in effect for Hawaii.


Tonga is a series of islands in the south Pacific Ocean with a population of 105,697.