After the Tonga volcano erupts in American Samoa, a tsunami has been observed
On Saturday, an underwater volcano off Tonga erupted, prompting a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations. Video shows waves crashing into homes.
A tsunami monitor from the United States said that tsunami waves were observed in Tonga's capital and the capital of American Samoa.
The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano, located around 65 km north of Nuku'alofa, was caused by a 1.2-metre (4-ft) tsunami, according to Australia's Meteorology Agency.
The agency said it will continue to monitor the situation, but no tsunami threat had been issued to the Australian mainland, islands, or territories.
A number of sightings have occurred in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa, a 4.7 feet wide area, and a wave of 2 feet wide in the Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Fluke currents and dangerous waves have urged people to avoid the shorelines in Fiji.
Jese Tuisinu, a television reporter at Fiji One, has posted a video on Twitter showing large waves washing ashore, with people trying to flee from the oncoming waves in their cars.
"In Tonga, it is literally dark, and people are rushing to safety following the eruption," he said.
The emergency management company in New Zealand issued an advisory on tsunami activity for its north and east coasts, with the areas expected to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore.
On Friday, the volcano scoffered ash, steam, and gas into the air, according to Tonga Geological Services. It has a radius of 260 km (160 miles).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu said a tsunami advisory for Hawaii was still in effect, according to reports.
Besides, the center claims that tsunami advisories are in place on the Attu island in western Alaska and along the California-Mexico border.