17 Jan 2022

Tonga tsunami: Body of British woman found

Chief Correspondent

A British woman has become the first known casualty after a tsunami hit the South Pacific Island of Tonga on Saturday triggered by the eruption of an undersea volcano.

The body of 50-year-old Angela Glover, who ran a dog shelter on the island, was found today after she was swept away by the water.

The island nation of Tonga lies about 1,500 miles north of New Zealand.

The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano is located about 40 miles north of the main Tongan island of Tongatapu.

The eruption happened about 5pm local time on Saturday, creating an ash cloud some 160 miles wide.

Twenty minutes later tsunami waves began to hit Tonga’s capital.