Before and after photos reveal devastation of Tonga volcanic eruption

1/18/2022 1:31:00 PM
Before and after photos reveal devastation of Tonga volcanic eruption

Authorities in the region continue to coordinate a response to the eruption with the full scale of the damage not yet known.

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Authorities in the region continue to coordinate a response to the eruption with the full scale of the damage not yet known.

Authorities in the region continue to coordinate a response to the eruption with the full scale of the damage not yet known.

In the moments before the eruption, large plumes of smoke could be seen rising from Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai. The explosion itself created enormous ash plumes that rose almost 20km into the sky, according accounts reported to the World Health Organization, which is helping coordinate relief efforts in the area.

Drag sliderto compare photosTonga is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean comprised of 176 islands of which 36 are inhabited.The immense seismic activity generated in the eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai alsotriggered a tsunami that prompted warnings from nations across the world. This included Pacific coastlines such as the U.S., where warnings were issued across the West Coast from Alaska through California.

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Tsunami Warnings Issued After Undersea Volcano Erupts In the moments before the eruption, large plumes of smoke could be seen rising from Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai.communication was cut off following the eruption .January 15, 2022 A sonic boom could be heard as far away as Alaska and sent pressure shockwaves around the planet twice, altering atmospheric pressure that may have briefly helped clear out the fog in Seattle, according to the National Weather Service., which is isolated from the rest of the world after the eruption of a volcano that triggered a tsunami and blanketed the Pacific island with ash.

The explosion itself created enormous ash plumes that rose almost 20km into the sky, according accounts reported to the World Health Organization, which is helping coordinate relief efforts in the area. Drag slider to compare photos Tonga is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean comprised of 176 islands of which 36 are inhabited. The immense seismic activity generated in the eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai also triggered a tsunam i that prompted warnings from nations across the world. which owns the single cable that connects Tonga to the outside world via Fiji, said the cable appeared to have been severed about 10 to 15 minutes after the eruption. This included Pacific coastlines such as the U.S. Tonga’s deputy head of mission in Australia, Curtis Tu’ihalangingie, asked for patience as Tonga’s government decides its priorities for aid.

, where warnings were issued across the West Coast from Alaska through California. A single break might take a week to repair, he said, while multiple breaks could take up to three weeks. Authorities closer to the eruption are working to coordinate a response to the disaster with the full scale of the devastation wrought by the volcano still unclear. Drag slider to compare photos On Monday (January 17,) New Zealand's Red Cross reported that communication lines connecting Tonga to the world had been disrupted by the eruption, with no clear timeframe for restoring them. Drag slider to compare photos In a statement, Katie Greenwood, thte International Federation of Red Cross' Pacific Head of Delegation, said:"We are trying hard to establish contact with our colleagues at Tonga Red Cross and establish the scale and specific nature of the support they need. However, a local phone network was working, allowing Tongans to call each other." A major concern is the potentially significant impacts on some of the outer lying islands that have been out of contact since the eruption. The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano triggered a tsunami on the shores of Tonga and cut off phone and internet lines for the entire island.

Greenwood said Tonga Red Cross teams will be on the ground supporting evacuations, providing first aid if needed, and distributing prepositioned relief supplies."Red Cross currently has enough relief supplies in the country to support 1,200 households with essential items such as tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets, shelter tool kits and hygiene kits," she said. A damaged boat is partially submerged in a marina at Tutukaka, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan. .