WATCH: Satellite Captures Incredible Underwater Volcano, Tsunami Smashes Tonga squib

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A tsunami slammed into the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Saturday after an underwater volcano eruption sent waves barreling as far away as Oregon.

The incredible eruption was captured on satellite imagery and could be seen from space. “Perhaps the most violent, explosive volcanic eruption ever observed on satellite,” meteorologist and atmospheric scientist Matthew Cappucci tweeted. “Plumes to 100,000 feet, an outward explosion of gravity waves, an enormous mass of pyrocumulonimbus/volcanic thunderstorms, tens of thousands of lightning strikes, a tsunami... wow.”

U.S. National Weather Service forecaster William Churchill called it “one of the most incredible satellite animations I’ve ever seen... Waves upon waves. Simply incredible.”

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