The size and scale of the undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga drew the attention of social media early Saturday morning. Above the earth, satellites caught the explosion and the massive shockwave it sent. On the ground, unconfirmed videos reportedly showed the aftermath as massive waves flooded coastal areas.

According to the Associated Press, “there were no immediate repots of injuries or on the extent of damage because all internet connectivity with Tonga was lost” in the late afternoon.

Meanwhile, reports from the Pacific Tsuanmi Warning Center recorded waves that measured half a meter in Nawiliwili, Kauai and 80 centimeters in Hanalei. Closer to home in the Bay Area, evacuation orders were given at the Berkeley Marina and Bay Area residents were told to avoid the coasts.

Below are images and videos, all unverified, from the volcanic eruption’s aftermath that were reported on social media.

1.14.2022: (correction on date) Large volcanic eruption near Tonga (Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano) today as seen from outer space. Shown on visible imagery using the Himawari satellite. #hiwx #tsunami #earthquake pic.twitter.com/Y18W7wvXl9

— NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) January 15, 2022

BREAKING: Satellite image captures Tonga’s Hunga volcano erupting

(Source: @US_Stormwatch) pic.twitter.com/VolrJs7Gfi

— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) January 15, 2022

Tonga’s Hunga Tonga volcano erupted early this morning sending out a massive shock wave captured on satellite pic.twitter.com/0CJH6R1VYZ

— Latest in space (@latestinspace) January 15, 2022

Stay safe everyone pic.twitter.com/OhrrxJmXAW

— Dr Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau (@sakakimoana) January 15, 2022

Mannnn my heart hurts for my people rn pic.twitter.com/QjzW5f1uAy

— Aki (@ahkee_fifita) January 15, 2022

The last video my son sent me before he and the rest of the family had to evacuate, as the Ash clouds started to hover over their village (Haateiho)..Praying for everyone’s safety in Tonga. pic.twitter.com/iOI1JdQXB0

— LANILEI (@LANILEI11) January 15, 2022

It is literally dark in parts of Tonga and people are rushing to safety following the eruption. pic.twitter.com/7NoP0y9GCo

— Jese Tuisinu (@JTuisinu) January 15, 2022

WATCH: Evacuations along the coast of Chile due to tsunami advisory following Tonga volcanic eruption pic.twitter.com/2fbJuXbBEz

— BNO News (@BNONews) January 15, 2022

WATCH: Tsunami from volcano eruption in Tonga reaches Neskowin, Oregon pic.twitter.com/w1X9zb2zbt

— BNO News (@BNONews) January 15, 2022

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Source:: The Mercury News


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How social media reacted to the massive Tongan volcanic eruption and tsunami

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