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6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Tonga days after devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Tonga almost two weeks after the Pacific kingdom was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The epicentre was located 219km northwest of Pangai, a town on the remote island of Lifuka, at a depth of 14.5km, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) […]

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Tonga underwater volcano eruption was hundreds of times more powerful than WW2 Hiroshima atomic bombing

A volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered a tsunami was hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima during World War Two, Nasa says. The eruption “obliterated” a volcanic island north of the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa, the agency said. Tonga says more than four-fifths of the population has been […]

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New Zealand warns Tonga of further eruptions and tsunamis

A massive volcanic eruption and tsunami near Tonga caused “an unprecedented disaster,” the Pacific nation’s leader said Tuesday, as New Zealand warned of further eruptions that may complicate the delivery of aid to remote islands where communications are down. In its first official update since Saturday’s eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano, Tonga’s government on […]

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Ash blanket on runaway hampers relief efforts to Tonga, communications limited

Ash cloaking a runway has hampered relief efforts to Tonga, as the scale of the damage from a volcanic eruption and a tsunami becomes clear. New Zealand is trying to send clean drinking water and other supplies but planes cannot land at the main airport. Some of Tonga’s small outlying islands have suffered substantial damage, […]

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New Zealand checks on Tonga after huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami

New Zealand has sent a plane to Tonga to assess the damage after a huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami. The eruption has covered the Pacific islands in ash, cut power and severed communications. Up to 80,000 people there could be affected, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said. New […]

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Underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai erupts again, people advised to stay away from coast

Underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai has erupted again sending ash, steam and gas 20 kilometres into the air. There is a tsunami warning in place for all the islands of the Kingdom of Tonga as the volcanic activity affects coastal water levels – with people advised to stay out of the water and away from the coast. […]