Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: NASA

24/1/2022 11:54:00 AM

Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: NASA

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Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: NASA

NUKU'ALOFA: The Tonga volcanic eruption unleashed explosive forces that dwarfed the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA scientists have said, as survivors on Monday (Jan 24) described how the devas

unleashed explosive forces that dwarfed the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA scientists have said, as survivors on Monday (Jan 24) described how the devastating Pacific blast"messed up our brains".The NASA Earth Observatory said the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano spewed debris as high as 40km into the atmosphere during the January 15 eruption that triggered huge tsunami waves.

"We think the amount of energy released by the eruption was equivalent to somewhere between five to 30 megatons (five to 30 million tonnes) of TNT," NASA scientist Jim Garvin said in a press release.NASA said the eruption was hundreds of times stronger than the US atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945, which was estimated to be about 15 kilotons (15,000 tonnes) of TNT.

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Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: Nasa

Tonga struggles with ash, psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami

Tonga eruption equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshimas: Nasa

Tonga struggles with ash, psychological trauma after eruption and tsunami

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The NASA Earth Observatory said the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano spewed debris as high as 40km into the atmosphere during the January 15 eruption that triggered huge tsunami waves. "We think the amount of energy released by the eruption was equivalent to somewhere between five to 30 megatons (five to 30 million tonnes) of TNT," NASA scientist Jim Garvin said in a press release. The Nasa Earth Observatory said the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano spewed debris as high as 40 kilometres into the atmosphere during the Jan 15 eruption that triggered huge tsunami waves. NASA said the eruption was hundreds of times stronger than the US atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945, which was estimated to be about 15 kilotons (15,000 tonnes) of TNT. The Red Cross said it was providing not only tents, food, water and toilets to 173 households on Tonga's main island, but also comfort. The agency said the eruption"obliterated" the volcanic island about 65km north of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa. Nasa said the eruption was hundreds of times stronger than the US atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945, which was estimated to be about 15 kilotons of TNT. It blanketed the island kingdom of about 100,000 in a layer of toxic ash, poisoning drinking water, destroying crops and completely wiping out at least two villages. The agency said the eruption"obliterated" the volcanic island about 65 kilometres north of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa.

It also claimed at least three lives in Tonga and resulted in the drowning deaths of two beachgoers in Peru after freak waves hit the South American country. It blanketed the island kingdom of about 100,000 in a layer of toxic ash, poisoning drinking water, destroying crops and completely wiping out at least two villages. Although some residents from the worst affected outlying islands in Ha'apai had been evacuated to the main island Tongatapu, others were refusing to leave, Havea said. Related: .