Tsunami waves crashed into homes in Tonga following a devastating and violent volcanic eruption and multiple Pacific countries are on alert including Fiji.
Video footage shows waves washing through homes, properties and a church in Tonga but there is no word yet on injuries or any fatalities with power out and communication extremely limited.
According to the NZ Herald, with much of the country covered in ash there are fears that many people are struggling to breathe and that fresh drinking water might be limited.
One Tonga resident was heard saying pray for us as people fled to higher ground amid panicked screaming.
The tsunami followed the eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai, sent ash, steam and gas up to 20km into the air.
This family were in church. They’d just finish having choir practice and the tsunami hit 😩❤️🇹🇴 pic.twitter.com/DLLFRJ9BAc— KNOWKNEE (@JohnnyTeisi) January 15, 2022
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