January 27, 2023


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Peru.  Two people drowned on the beach.  High waves formed after the eruption of an underwater volcano

Peru. Two people drowned on the beach. High waves formed after the eruption of an underwater volcano

Two people drowned on a beach in northern Peru. The tragedy occurred as a result of the rising waves that arose after the eruption of the Hongga Tonga Hong Hapai submarine volcano.

An undersea volcano erupted on Saturday Near the state of Tonga lies in the archipelago of the same name. The eruption caused a severe tsunami that hit the island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku’alofa, is located. There, roads and buildings were inundated, high waves swept away and beach boats washed up. As reported by Radio New Zealand (RNZ), people fled to higher areas to escape the element. The waves reached the royal palace of Nuku’alofa. Earlier, the king was evacuated from there. Residents of Tongatapu are cut off from the world, they have no access to the Internet, and power lines are cut.

“New Zealand authorities have not received any reports of deaths or injuries in the Tonga archipelago,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference on Sunday.

Volcanic eruption near TongoReuters

Peru. dead

The eruption of the Hongga Tonga Hung Hapai volcano in northern Peru caused unusually high waves. The Peruvian National Institute of Civil Defense (Indesi) said on Sunday that two people drowned on a beach in the Lambayeque region on Saturday. More than 20 ports have been temporarily closed. This is a precautionary measure in regards to high wave warnings.

Peruvian police reported on Twitter that officers from the police station on Nilambe Beach had found two people dead.

The Navy said a tsunami alert has been lifted for a nation on the Pacific coast.

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underwater volcano eruption

The massive underwater volcano erupted on Saturday about 30 kilometers southeast of the island of Funuavu. Tsunami warnings have been issued for the Tonga Islands as well as New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, the west coast of the United States, Alaska and British Columbia in Canada. A total of 210 thousand people were evacuated.

News agencies around the world reported that the eruption of the volcano Hongga Tonga Hanga Hapai was powerful. Late on Saturday evening, local time in Nuku’alofa, Tonga’s capital, ash was falling from the sky. This is the first eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hongga-Hapai volcano. According to local media, the eruption sent an ash plume of 20 km in height.

volcano eruptionTonga meteorological services

The underwater eruption of the Hongyi Tonga-Hongi Hapai volcanoPAP / EPA / CIRA / NOAA HANDOUT

Main image source: Reuters