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Undersea Volcano Near Tonga Erupts With Giant Plume, Tsunami And Sonic Boom

Undersea Volcano Near Tonga Erupts With Giant Plume, Tsunami And Sonic Boom [VIDEOS]

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An underwater volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, with a volcanic plume and a blast wave seen from orbit, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground.

 The powerful eruption produced a volcanic plume about 150 kilometers (about 100 miles) wide.

According to a NPR news release, the Tonga Meteorological Services said a tsunami warning was in effect for all of Tonga, and data from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center showed waves of 80 centimeters (2.6 feet) had been detected. Videos shared online show a wave inundating coastal settlements.

This tsunami will bring large and dangerous rip currents as far as Southern California beaches today.

There have been no reports of casualties as of this posting.