“Once in a thousand years” the eruption of the volcano in Tonga – Incredible images and videos


The huge eruption of the submarine volcano in Tonga occurs only “about every thousand years” and was so large that it was visible from space.

The eruption caused a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and caused a tsunami off the coast of the Pacific island, leaving it covered in ash and cut off from aid.

In the United States, waves of more than four feet were recorded off the coast of California on Saturday and tsunami waves were recorded along the coasts in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Canada and Alaska.

Satellite images recorded the spectacular explosion from space and despite the terrible warnings, spectators flock to the beaches to see the rising tsunami waves.

The tsunami hit by the tsunami remained largely “cut off” on Sunday as telephone and internet connections were cut off, leaving relatives in faraway New Zealand praying for their families in the Pacific, as no casualties have been reported. .

Professor Shane Cronin, of the University of Auckland, specializes in Tonga explosions. “This is one of the biggest eruptions the volcano can produce about every thousand years,” he wrote in The Conversation.

He added that “we could be for several weeks or even years in major volcanic eruptions from the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano.”

Two women drowned in northern Peru when two-meter waves hit a truck, dragging it into the sea at Naylamp Beach, Lambayeque, in the north of the country.

Although Peru did not issue a tsunami alert, its navy is monitoring “unusual waves” off its coast.

The huge ash cloud covering the tiny island nation of Tonga is blocking flights from New Zealand to assess the extent of the damage.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the blast was “extremely worrying” and that services were still trying to establish full contact with Tonga.

The biggest concern in Tonga is the safety of air and water due to ash and smoke. The government has asked the public to wear masks and use bottled water for the time being.

At the same time, tsunami warnings were issued for Hawaii, Alaska and the US Pacific coast. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens were also evacuated as waves more than a meter high hit coastal areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the blast caused a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Scientists say tsunamis caused by volcanoes rather than earthquakes are relatively rare.

Strong waves were recorded in Japan, New Zealand and Australia, with a roar heard 6,000 miles away in Alaska.

The blast reportedly created a new island in Tonga and is the second such incident in Tonga in ten years.

Daily Mail

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