Damage on tsunami-hit Tonga's main island hampering relief effort

18/1/2022 3:59:00 AM
Damage on tsunami-hit Tonga's main island hampering relief effort

Damage on tsunami-hit Tonga's main island hampering relief effort

the weekend's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami,The South Pacific archipelago has remained largely cut off from the world since the eruption on the uninhabited volcanic island of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai cut its main undersea communications cable.

There are no official reports of injuries or deaths yet but internet and telephone communications are extremely limited and outlying coastal areas remain cut off.The airport was now more likely to be open by Wednesday, he said."Further volcanic activity cannot be ruled out," OCHA said, reporting only minor injuries but emphasising that formal assessments, especially of the outer islands, had yet to be determined.

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Huge Tonga volcanic eruption caused 'significant damage'WELLINGTON:\u0022 A massive volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered tsunami waves around the Pacific caused \u0022significant damage\u0022 to the island nation\u0027s capital and smothered it in dust, but the full extent was unclear with communications still hampered on Monday (Jan 17). The eruption on Saturday was so

Explainer-Scientists struggle to monitor Tonga volcano after massive eruptionSINGAPORE : Scientists are struggling to monitor an active volcano that erupted off the South Pacific island of Tonga at the weekend, after the explosion destroyed its sea-level crater and drowned its mass, obscuring it from satellites. The eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha\u0027apai volcano, which sits on the s

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Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn WELLINGTON:" A massive volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered tsunami waves around the Pacific caused"significant damage" to the island nation's capital and smothered it in dust, but the full extent was unclear with communications still hampered on Monday (Jan 17).LinkedIn SINGAPORE : Scientists are struggling to monitor an active volcano that erupted off the South Pacific island of Tonga at the weekend, after the explosion destroyed its sea-level crater and drowned its mass, obscuring it from satellites.an active volcano that erupted off the South Pacific island of Tonga at the weekend, after the explosion destroyed its sea-level crater and drowned its mass, obscuring it from satellites.

sg/wQaG SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - Significant damage was reported along the western coast of Tonga's main island on Tuesday (Jan 18) following the weekend's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, but a closed airport and downed communications are hampering international relief efforts. The New Zealand High Commission reported the damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where there are many vacation resorts, and the waterfront of the capital, Nuku'alofa. The capital Nuku'alofa suffered"significant" damage, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, adding there had been no reports of injury or death but a full assessment was not yet possible with communication lines down. The South Pacific archipelago has remained largely cut off from the world since the eruption on the uninhabited volcanic island of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai cut its main undersea communications cable. "When the vent is below water, nothing can tell us what will happen next. A thick layer of ash blanketed the entire island, the High Commission said, adding it was working to establish communications with smaller islands"as a matter of priority". "Nuku'alofa is covered in a thick film of volcanic dust but otherwise conditions are calm and stable. British national Angela Glover, 50, was killed in the tsunami as she tried to rescue the dogs she looked after at a rescue shelter she had set up with her husband in the South Pacific archipelago, her brother said, the first known death from the disaster. Saturday's (Jan 15) eruption was so powerful that space satellites captured not only huge clouds of ash but also an atmospheric shockwave that radiated out from the volcano at close to the speed of sound.

There are no official reports of injuries or deaths yet but internet and telephone communications are extremely limited and outlying coastal areas remain cut off." Related: Two people drowned by abnormally high waves in Peru after Tonga volcano There has been no word on damage in the outer islands and New Zealand will send an air force reconnaissance aircraft"as soon as atmospheric conditions allow", the country's Defence Force tweeted. Photographs and videos showed grey ash clouds billowing over the South Pacific and metre-high waves surging onto the coast of Tonga. "We don't have any further information that would suggest.. The United States and the World Health Organization have also pledged support, while the United Nations children's agency said it was preparing emergency supplies to fly in..com/business/environment/impact-assessment-aid-efforts-underway-world-responds-tonga-tsunami-2022-01-16 yet but internet and telephone communications are extremely limited and outlying coastal areas remain cut off. significant casualties, although, as you would appreciate, information is still relatively patchy," Australia's Minister for the Pacific Zed Seselja told Nine's Today show on Tuesday.2-metre wave swept ashore in the Tongan capital with residents reporting they had fled to higher ground, leaving behind flooded houses, some with structural damage, as small stones and ash fell from the sky. As the superheated magma rose quickly and met the cool seawater, so did a huge volume of volcanic gases, intensifying the explosion, said Prof Raymond Cas, a volcanologist at Australia's Monash University.

"The priority now will to be get supplies to Tonga, and the biggest constraint on that at the moment.. It came in waves. As the superheated magma rose quickly and met the cool seawater, so did a huge volume of volcanic gases, intensifying the explosion, said Raymond Cas, a professor of volcanology at Australia's Monash University.. is the airport. She said water filled their home minutes later and she watched the wall of a neighbouring house collapse. There is still a significant amount of ash," he said. Most communications to Tonga have been cut after the main undersea communications cable lost power. On the day of the eruption, he detected 400,000 lightning events in just three hours, which comes down to 100 lightning events per second.

The airport was now more likely to be open by Wednesday, he said. Just water gushing into our home," Taufa said. The United Nations said a distress signal was detected in an isolated, low-lying Ha'apai islands group, adding it had particular concerns about Fonoi and Mango islands. According to the Tonga government, 36 people live on Mango and 69 on Fonoi." DROWNINGS IN PERU Tonga's King Tupou VI was reported to have been evacuated from the Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa and taken by police convoy to a villa well away from the coastline. That compared with 8,000 strikes per hour during the Anak Krakatau eruption in 2018, caused part of the crater to collapse into the Sunda Strait and send a tsunami crashing into western Java, which killed hundreds of people. A satellite image posted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicated there was damage to scores of structures on Nomuka island. "Further volcanic activity cannot be ruled out," OCHA said, reporting only minor injuries but emphasising that formal assessments, especially of the outer islands, had yet to be determined. The eruption triggered tsunamis across the Pacific with waves of 1."Once the volcano is de-gassed, it will settle down.

The Ha'atafu Beach Resort, on the Hihifo peninsula, 21km west of the capital Nuku'alofa, was"completely wiped out", the owners said on Facebook."Once the volcano is de-gassed, it will settle down. Help on standby The HMAS Adelaide sailing from Sydney to Brisbane in preparation to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to Tonga, on Jan 18, 2022. Two women drowned on a beach in northern Peru due to"anomalous waves" caused by the eruption, authorities said Sunday, and dozens of people required rescue from flooding in the south of the country. PHOTO: AFP/AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE Australia and New Zealand sent surveillance flights on Monday to assess damage and Seselja said Australian police had reported significant damage along beaches with"houses thrown around". Australia said navy vessel HMAS Adelaide was on standby to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief support if requested by Tonga.2m hit along Japan's Pacific coast. New Zealand said a Hercules C-130 aircraft was ready to fly to Tonga on Tuesday to deliver aid supplies as soon as it was safe to land on Tongatapu.

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