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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. […]