From the anything-for-a-viral-video department…
Tsunami, tsunami, tsunami.
The word is on everybody’s lips as Pacific coastlines bolt down following an undersea earthquake off the Kingdom of Tonga at three-thirts last night, the sonic boom from the event heard as far away as Alaska, six thousand miles away.
Meanwhile, in Tonga, waves a few feet high crashed into houses.
The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption was heard here in Alaska starting around 3:30 a.m. – 6,000 miles from the volcano! Infrasound measurements from the @alaska_avo confirm that it was indeed coincident with the volcanic pressure wave. Special thanks to Dr. David Fee. pic.twitter.com/Wp4tnwiaud
— NWS Alaska Region (@NWSAlaska) January 15, 2022
Anyway, on a lighter note, a video has emerged of a man beating hell out of a palm tree before being washed away by, likely, the tsunami that hit Indo on, ironically, Boxing Day, 2004.
The provenance of the wild video, and therefore motivation etc, is unknown, although the life jacket and multiple angles do imply it was an early attempt to crack the viral video market.