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Volcano hit Tonga goes into first-ever lockdown after capital city Nuku’alofa records several Covid-19 cases

Tonga has gone into a lockdown after several cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the capital city Nuku’alofa. Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said on Tuesday two port workers had tested positive. Officials later confirmed three more cases in family members. The South Pacific nation had previously managed to stay virus-free. The outbreak comes as Tongans […]

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Oil spill off Peru’s coast after Tonga eruption bigger than previously thought

An oil spill off the Peruvian coast earlier this month was twice as big as previously reported, according to the country’s government. Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez said Friday that almost 12,000 barrels of oil leaked into the sea on 15 January. Officials described the spill as an “ecological disaster” to blame for the deaths of […]

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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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84% of Tonga’s population affected by ash fall and tsunami after volcano eruption: REPORT

The Tongan government has said that as many as 84% of its 105,000 population had been affected by ash fall and a tsunami triggered by an underwater volcanic eruption. Tsunami waves from the volcano swept Tonga last week, destroying villages, buildings and the coast. The government did not report any deaths besides the three people […]

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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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US and Japan advise people on Pacific coastline to get away as precaution to tsunami waves

The US and Japan have advised people on their Pacific coastlines to get away from the shore as a precaution against tsunami waves caused by a volcano eruption in the South Pacific.Japan has warned of waves as high as three metres, and waves of 1.2 metres hit the south of the country.The US warned of […]

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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. […]

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Former Tonga rugby international Taniela Moa has died at the age of 36

Former Tonga rugby international Taniela Moa has died at the age of 36, the Tongan Rugby Union announced on Thursday. “A stalwart of Ikale Tahi Tonga rugby who will now have his named etched among the echelons of the legendary greats. Former Tonga rugby international Taniela Moa has died at the age of 36uch sad […]