Underwater Volcano Explodes, waves flood island of Tonga
(CNN)A tsunami has hit Tonga’s largest island, Tongatapu, and reportedly […]
January 15, 2022
(CNN)A tsunami has hit Tonga’s largest island, Tongatapu, and reportedly sent waves flooding into the capital after an underwater volcano in the South Pacific exploded in a violent eruption on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash and gas steam into the air.Satellite imagery shows a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption.
The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano was heard across the South Pacific, and eventually as far away as the US.
BBC: Many parts of Tonga, whose capital is just 65km south of the eruption, are experiencing a near-total blackout of power, phone lines and internet services. The extent of any injuries or damage is still unclear.
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Active volcanos appear to trend somewhat upwards. However, it is probably still too early to make precise predictions and attributions. But, we know that deglaciation drives a gemorphological response from the Earth crust.
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