HONOLULU (KHON2) — Dramatic satellite video from NOAA shows the eruption which happened on Friday, Jan. 14.
Reports say large waves crashed onto the shores of Tonga.
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Internet connectivity there was reportedly lost leaving many people wondering and praying that their loved ones are OK.
Hawaii was no longer under a tsunami advisory as of 8 a.m. Jan. 15 after an underwater volcano erupted off Tonga.
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“My uncle is the portmaster for the kingdom, and so his office right along the wharf.” said Milikaleakona Hopoi, Honolulu resident with family in Tonga. “So I called over there to him and haven’t heard back. I called his son in New Zealand, and he hasn’t heard back either. But he got a note early in the day to evacuate.The unknown is very nerve-racking. We all keep our faith pretty strong in our heavenly father so that we can pray, and we can connect.”