Video of a Tongan volcano eruption from space; live cams of Oregon coast waves
The entire Oregon coast, along with the rest of the West Coast, was wiped out on Saturday following an undersea volcano eruption near Tonga, a Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. In Hawaii, there were reports of boats being pushed up in docks, but the danger was diminished.
The violent eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano a few hours ago was captured by satellites GOES-West and Himawari-8.
The National Weather Service receives water speeds of 1 to 3 feet along the Oregon and Washington coast.
The massive eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano has been captured by satellite images. It's the latest in a series of spectacular eruptions in the Pacific, 40 miles north of the Tongan capital and 1,200 miles north of New Zealand.
In the past, a large volcanic eruption near Tonga (Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano) is today seen from outer space. It is shown on visible imagery using the Himawari satellite.
Scientists observed massive explosions, thunder, and lightning near the volcano as the storm began early Friday. Satellite images showed a 5-kilometer (3 mile) -wide plume rising into the air to about 20 kilometers (12 miles).
Early this morning, GOES satellite imagery captured the eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga in the Pacific Ocean. This eruption has caused a tsunami across portions coastal Alaska and California.
Crowds gathered at the Santa Cruz harbor early Saturday to observe water slowly rise and fall, straining boat connections on docks. No obvious immediate damage was made in 2011, following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
WATCH: The tsunami from the Tonga volcano eruption has begun to cause minor flooding in Santa Cruz, California.
King Tupou VI was evacuated from his palace near the shore by a convoy of officers and military personnel.
This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency shows the start of the undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga on January 15, 2022. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)AP
On Saturday, the undersea volcano erupted in spectacular condition near tonga's Pacific border, sending large waves across the shore, and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)AP
With underwater volcanoes, the water may increase the explosivity of the eruption as it hits the lava, according to Schwaiger, a research geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.