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Tsunami concerns in Pacific abating following Tonga volcanic eruption

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15.   © NICT via AP

MELBOURNE (Kyodo) -- Concerns about tsunami across the Pacific were slowly abating on Sunday, following a massive underwater volcanic eruption the previous day in Tonga that prompted residents on the South Pacific island country to evacuate, but the extent of the damage remains unknown.

As communication with Tonga remained significantly cut off, neighboring countries were trying to discover the extent of damage or casualties. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference that communication due to the eruption has been difficult.

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