Cyclone Cody: Latest developments from New Zealand and the Pacific after Tonga tsunami and eruption


Civil Defence has been monitoring conditions along parts of the North Island coast for ocean surges associated with Tonga’s volcanic eruption.

A tsunami hit the Kingdom after underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai erupted for eight minutes, throwing clouds of ash into the sky, yesterday afternoon.

Waves flooded the capital Nuku’alofa, where video footage has shown water engulfing buildings.

The eruptions have been heard as booms or ‘thumps’ across the Pacific, in Fiji, Niue, Vanuatu, and in New Zealand.

RNZ listeners from Northland, to Wānaka in Central Otago have reported hearing what sounded like gunshots, loud bangs, or sonic booms.

The National Emergency Management Agency issued an update this morning after yesterday’s tsunami warning that the advisory remains in place.

Cyclone Cody is expected to bring gale force winds and large swells to the eastern coast of Aotearoa’s North Island over the next few days.

Civil Defence director Gary Knowles said the cyclone-related waves might not develop until tomorrow or Tuesday.

He urged people not to go to the beach to watch them.

People are also being warned to be careful if they see downed powerlines as a result of wild weather.

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