An underwater volcano in the South Pacific erupted on Thursday, sending plumes of smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the sky.
The explosion is located about 10 kilometers off the coast of Tongan main island Tongatapu, near the low-lying twin volcanic islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai.
According to geologists, 36 undersea volcanoes could be found within the vicinity.
Local residents said they observed steam and ash emissions from the area beginning Monday morning following earthquakes felt in the Tonga’s capital city of Nuku’alofa.
Authorities guaranteed Tongans and residents of nearby Pacific islands the eruption does not pose any threat as they report no fish or other aquatic creatures have been affected by the explosion.
Tonga is positioned within the Pacific “ring of fire” – an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
Tonga Volcanic Eruption Video