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Tsunami observed in American Samoa after Tonga volcano erupts

Tsunami waves were observed in Tonga’s capital
and the capital of American Samoa, a US-based tsunami monitor said.

The eruption at 0410 GMT of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga
Ha’apai underwater volcano, located about 65 km (40 miles) north of Nuku’alofa,
caused a 1.2 metre tsunami, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.

The agency said it continued to monitor the situation but no tsunami threat had
been issued to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

Tsunami waves of 2.7 feet (83 cm) were
observed by gauges at the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa and waves of 2 ft at
Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
said.

The US-based monitor later cancelled warnings
for the US territory of American Samoa and Hawaii, but said the tsunami
remained a threat for parts of the Pacific nearer the volcano.

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