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Tsunami threat recedes from huge Pacific volcanic eruption

The tsunami threat around the Pacific basin from a powerful underwater volcano eruption off the coast of Tonga began to recede today. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, the threat had receded but coastal areas should remain alert for strong or unusual currents.

The US and Japan earlier warned people to move away from coastal areas. Meanwhile, there were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of the damage.

The Tongans have fled to higher ground as an undersea volcano erupted sending a plume of ash, steam, and gas rising high into the atmosphere. The roar from the eruption was reportedly heard 10,000 kilometers away in Alaska. The seismic force sent powerful waves crashing into coastlines from Japan to the United States. The eruption knocked out the internet and disrupted communication with Fiji. Tonga receives its internet via an undersea cable from Fiji. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press briefing today that Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, suffered significant damage.

The Japan Airlines canceled 27 flights at airports across the country. The overnight disruption is causing delays to rail and postal services in some areas, with some residents passing a cold night after evacuating to higher ground.

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