The volcanic eruption in the South Pacific was so powerful that it could be seen from space
A tsunami caused by a massive underwater volcanic eruption has hit the Pacific island nation of Tonga and prompted other nations to issue warnings. The sound of the volcano was so loud that it could be heard from 800 km away.
The eruption of the Hengja Tonga-Hung Hapai volcano under the sea occurred 65 kilometers south of the main island of Tongatapu. It was so huge that it was clearly visible in images taken by several Earth-orbiting satellites, including NOAA’s GOES-West. This prompted many other countries, including the United States, to issue tsunami warnings.
Pictures on social media show a massive explosion of gray smoke billowing over the ocean and into the sky. Plumes of smoke, gas and ash have reached a height of 20 km, according to Tonga Geological Services. According to some reports, the width of the ash cloud was about 700 kilometers.
The violent volcanic eruption a few hours ago of the Hungga Tonga-Hungga Hawapai volcano captured by the GOES-West and Himawari-8 satellites. pic.twitter.com/PzV5v9apF6
– Wonder of Science (wonderofscience) January 15 2022
1.14.2021: A large volcanic eruption near Tonga (Hung Tonga-Hung Hapai volcano) today seen from space. They appear on the images visible using the Himawari satellite. # Hughes #tsunami #earthquake pic.twitter.com/zOTj6Qu1Wv
– NWS Honolulu (NWS Honolulu) January 15 2022
Some witnesses said ash fell in Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa – and the explosion was heard across the South Pacific.
‘Thunder rumbles loudly’ Officials said their hearing aids were heard as far away as Fiji, another Pacific island country more than 800 km from the site of the explosion. In New Zealand, the local weather forecasting service, Weather Watch, reports that some residents have also heard the sounds of a “simply wonderful” Although New Zealand is more than 2,300 km away from Tonga.
Big waves hit Tonga after another violent volcanic eruption hit the island nation. The tsunami warning came on the heels of the eruption of the Hongga Tonga-Hung Hawapai volcano yesterday, sending ash, steam and gas up to 17 kilometers into the air.Tweet embedTweet embed pic.twitter.com/FbmzkSZNqx
– Sheba Tatil (Sheiba Tatil) January 15 2022
Also recorded by local weather services in New Zealand “Incredibly unusual” Atmospheric pressure readings. “The only time you’ll see this is if a hurricane passes near a weather station,” He Said. Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu issued tsunami warnings.
The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska said a tsunami warning has been issued for the west coast of the United States, including California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
Tsunami videos from Tonga 🇹🇴 this afternoon after the eruption of the volcano. pic.twitter.com/JTIcEdbpGe
– Jesse Tuisinu (@JTuisinu) January 15 2022
New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency said those on the northern and eastern coasts of the North Island could see it Unexpected hikes on the beach. » Authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales have asked people to do so “Get out of the water and stay away from the immediate edge of the water.”
Videos posted on social media showed waves engulfing the coast of Tonga and destroying a fence, as well as rushing into some city streets and flooding a local church.
This family was in the church. They just finished choir rehearsal and a tsunami hit 😩❤️🇹🇴 pic.twitter.com/DLLFRJ9BAc
– KNOWKNEE (@JohnnyTeisi) January 15 2022
There were no reports of injuries or damage to property so far.
Saturday’s eruption was one of the largest in decades, according to some estimates. This is the second in a series of volcanic eruptions recorded last Friday.
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