Tongans in Australia are eagerly awaiting updates following volcanic eruptions, tsunamis

Queensland man Mosese Sitapa was video calling his four-year-old son, Elone, yesterday as the tsunami hit their home in Tonga.

Sitapa, one of more than 30,000 Tongans in Australia eagerly awaiting news from the Pacific island as the waves hit social media after a massive volcanic eruption underwater out to the ocean.

He tried to warn his family to get to higher terrain, but it was too late.

Queensland man Mosese Sitapa was video calling his four-year-old son, Elone, yesterday as the tsunami hit their home in Tonga.
Queensland man Mosese Sitapa was video calling his four-year-old son, Elone, yesterday as the tsunami hit their home in Tonga. (Nine)
Queensland man Mosese Sitapa was video calling his four-year-old son, Elone, yesterday as the tsunami hit their home in Tonga.
Sitapa, one of more than 30,000 Tongans in Australia eagerly awaiting news from the Pacific Island, (Nine)

“I just talked to him and he kept playing with his toys. It was so sad,” he said.

He has not heard from Elone or his mother since.

An underwater volcano erupted 65 km north of the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa at 16.10 yesterday afternoon ADST and sprayed ash 20 km high.

The eruption triggered tsunami warnings around the Pacific Ocean, with images from Tonga showing a wave of waves.

Isabella Fenech, 18, from Newcastle, NSW, spoke on the phone to her sister at the time and said she felt "helpless."
Isabella Fenech, 18, from Newcastle, NSW, spoke on the phone to her sister at the time, saying she felt “helpless”. (Nine)
More than 30,000 Tongans in Australia are anxiously awaiting news after the island nation was hit by the devastating effects of a volcanic eruption.
Isabella Fenech’s sister is in Tonga. (Nine)

The impact cut off communication, leaving Australians desperately worried.

Isabella Fenech, 18, from Newcastle, NSW, spoke on the phone to her sister at the time, saying she felt “helpless”.

“It was really loud, everything was shaking,” she told 9News.

“It sounded like hail, but it was all ash and rocks, and you could hear massive explosions, they sounded like fireworks.”

She stayed up all night waiting for news.

In Sydney, there has been nothing from Pastor Matahavea Hiliau’s sister since yesterday.

Her sister’s home is on the beach and she hopes she’s reached higher.

A volcanic eruption has triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations around the Pacific Ocean.
A volcanic eruption has triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations around the Pacific Ocean. (Nine)
A church in Tonga is being flooded with water while waves are crashing across the country.
A church in Tonga is being flooded with water while waves are crashing across the country. (Nine)

The pastor said she left messages in hopes that her sister would get the Internet restored to get in touch.

Pastor Charissa Suli said she had started a prayer chain.

“Know how our families live in Tonga with so little to imagine what they are going through right now, especially at night,” she said.

Milika Loko-tui is a seasonal worker in Western Australia and is worried about her son

Pastor Matahavea Hiliau of the Northern Beaches Uniting Church said that the “hearts of her congregation are with our people in Tonga”.

In southern Australia, Mino Sikalu has not heard from her family since yesterday afternoon, when her mother and sister fled to higher ground on the main island of Tongatapu.

A volcanic eruption has triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations around the Pacific Ocean.
A volcanic eruption has triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations around the Pacific Ocean. (Nine)

To try to help the local community cope, a service was held today.

About 20 local Tongans were gathered to pray.

Fijian islands hit by water

Some of Fiji’s islands were hit by a monster tidal wave.

Even hospitals had to be evacuated, fearing for them on low-lying islands.

Some flights from Sydney this morning were canceled due to the ash cloud from the eruption.

Some of Fiji's islands were hit by monster tidal wave as high as 30m past the usual high tide mark.
Some of Fiji’s islands were hit by monster tidal wave as high as 30m past the usual high tide mark. (Nine)

Australia will send a surveillance plane from Brisbane tomorrow, while New Zealand will also send planes.

Volcanic eruption near Tonga loops

The explosion was so large that it was seen from space

Follow us on Google News

Disclaimers for mcutimes.com

All the information on this website – https://mcutimes.com – is published in good faith and for general information purposes only. mcutimes.com does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (mcutimes.com), is strictly at your own risk. mcutimes.com will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website.

Give a Comment