After an underwater volcano erupts, a tsunami strikes Tonga.

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After an underwater volcano erupts, a tsunami strikes Tonga.

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After an underwater volcano exploded, a 4-foot tsunami hit the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, prompting warnings in other nearby islands and coastal areas of New Zealand.

The waves slammed into Tonga’s largest island, flooding coastal roads, the main street, the waterfront, and properties in Nuku’alofa, including the royal palace grounds.

According to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand, the tsunami forced King Topou VI of Tonga to flee the country.

After an underwater volcano erupted, a 4-foot tsunami hit Tonga on Saturday, prompting tsunami warnings in other nearby islands and coastal areas of New Zealand.

The waves slammed into Tonga’s largest island, flooding coastal roads, the main street, the waterfront, and properties in Nuku’alofa, including the royal palace grounds.

According to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand, the tsunami forced King Topou VI of Tonga to flee the country.

Residents fled to higher ground as ash spewed over the capital, according to RNZ, which cited local media. A convoy of police and troops rushed the king to a villa at Mata Ki Eua, and residents fled to higher ground as ash spewed over the capital.

Fiji, a nearby island, issued a warning to residents living in low-lying coastal areas to “move to safety.”

According to the National Disaster Management Office, a tsunami advisory is in effect for the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, with residents being advised to seek higher ground away from the coast.

Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand’s North Island in the aftermath of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano eruptions.

“We expect strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore” in New Zealand coastal areas on the north and east coasts of the North Island, as well as the Chatham Islands, according to a Twitter advisory from the National Emergency Management Agency.

According to RNZ, the volcano first erupted on Friday, sending ash 12.4 miles into the air, and then again on Saturday, 4 minutes before the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported a 4-foot wave near Nuku’alofa at 5:30 p.m.

According to The Washington Post, social media footage showed waves crashing into coastal homes after the latest volcano eruption.

Two small Australian islands, Lord Howe and Norfolk Island, were also affected, according to the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia.

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