Boats docked in a quiet harbor in Southern California, a remote island in Japan hit by 4-foot waves and two women swept to death on a beach in Peru – about 6,000 miles from an eruption Undersea volcanoes are so powerful that tsunamis trigger agitated ocean waters halfway around the world.
But on Sunday, when reports of the impact of the eruption came from faraway countries, little was known from Tonga, an island nation just 40 miles from the site of the unusual explosion. As concern grows, this nation of about 100,000 people remains largely cut off from the rest of the world, its undersea internet cables stripped of its activity by the volcano.
The original videos were of the people on the island rush to higher ground when the first strong waves hit the shore. And reports emerged on Sunday describing a land horribly grayed by volcanic debris, its waters poisoned by ash that flew tens of thousands of meters into the sky as the Hungarian volcano erupted. -Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai erupted on Saturday night.
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, who has close ties to Tonga, said: “Shops along the coast have been damaged and require considerable cleaning. a press conference.
The tsunami hit the archipelago’s capital, she said, “with boats and large rocks washing up on the shore”.
But there hasn’t been any reports of casualties, unlike an ocean in northern Peru. There, on a beach called Naylamp in Chiclayo province, two women were overtaken by large waves Saturday and drowned, police said.
Police have described the beach as unsuitable for swimming, but it is unclear whether the women, who were with family members, were submerged in the water when the waves hit. According to police, the husband of one survivor said they were about 600 meters from shore.
Peru, unlike its neighbors Chile and Ecuador, refused to close its beaches or issue a tsunami warning after the eruption, seemingly believing it was not dangerous. But seawater flooded some coastal areas of Peru on Saturday, surprising tourists and beachgoers, TV images and social media showed.
Authorities closed several beaches in Peru on Sunday and warned of unusual wave activity.
The deaths in Peru are reminiscent of the aftermath of a powerful tsunami caused by an undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia in December 2004 that killed more than 250,000 people. A dozen people died after that hit by waves on the east coast of Africa, in Kenya and Tanzania.
In Tonga on Sunday, many residents not only lost contact, but also lost power. Up to 80,000 people could be affected, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies told BBC.
One immediate need was obvious: potable water.
New Zealand Prime Minister Ms. Ardern said: “The ash cloud, as you can imagine, has caused pollution. “It’s an already challenging environment, in terms of water supply.”
New Zealand and other countries in the region pledged aid to Tonga for recovery. So does the United States. But with the high concentration of ash in the air that makes flights impossible, it’s hard to even know what’s needed.
Ms Ardern said flights over Tonga were scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, depending on ash conditions. The New Zealand navy is also preparing a backup plan, she said, should ashes remain.
In a post on TwitterAntony J. Blinken, US secretary of state, offered condolences: “Deeply concerned for the people of Tonga as they recover from the aftermath of a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The United States stands ready to support our Pacific neighbors. “
Tonga has experienced a series of natural disasters in recent years. In 2018, more than 170 homes were destroyed and 2 people died as a result of a Category 5 tropical storm caused by Cyclone Gita. In 2020, Hurricane Harold caused about $111 million in damageincluding widespread flooding.
The country has reported only one case of coronavirus, but the country has struggled economically during the pandemic. It closed its borders in March 2020, effectively cutting off travel, which had previously generated about 12 percent of the country’s GDP.
And it can’t be done with Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai.
“We stand ready to support the government and people of Tonga,” a United Nations spokesman for the Pacific said in a Twitter post. “Unfortunately, this is not over yet, and more eruptions and consequent tsunamis are possible.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/16/world/asia/tonga-tsunami-peru.html Tonga is covered in ash and mysterious after a powerful volcanic eruption