British woman is first confirmed fatality in Tonga after eruption and tsunami

1/17/2022 8:44:00 PM

The brother of Angela Glover, who ran an animal rescue center in Tonga, said the 50-year-old died after being swept away by a tsunami wave

The brother of Angela Glover, who ran an animal rescue center in Tonga, said the 50-year-old died after being swept away by a tsunami wave

New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation.

Volcano eruption near Tonga causes booms heard by Alaskans hours later and thousands of miles awayFonua said a ship would need to pull up the cable to assess the damage and then crews would need to fix it. A single break might take a week to repair, he said, while multiple breaks could take up to three weeks. He added that it was unclear yet when it would be safe for a ship to venture near the undersea volcano to undertake the work.

A damaged boat is partially submerged in a marina at Tutukaka, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, after waves from a volcano eruption swept into the marina. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Tanya White/Northern Advcate/NZME via AP)

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New Zealand sends flight to survey Tonga volcano damageNew Zealand sends surveillance flight to Tonga to assess extent of damage from huge undersea volcanic eruption, and Australia reports 'significant damage' to roads and bridges in Pacific island nation

Barriers preventing local groups from helping Tonga after volcano, tsunamiThe threat of the tsunami is gone, but other concerns remain for Tonga — including inhalation of volcanic ash, lack of clean water and a technological disconnect from the outside world.

Local Tongan community working to get updates on situation after volcanic eruption near TongaAfter a volcanic eruption undersea near Tonga early Saturday, New Zealand and Australia sent military flights on Monday to assess the damage left behind in the Pacific island nation.

Surveillance flights finally getting to view damage to Tonga from eruption of huge undersea volcanoA towering ash cloud since Saturday's eruption had prevented earlier flights. Some Tonga residents described it as looking like a moonscape as they began cleaning up from tsunami waves and ash. The voice of Holland has a SEXSCANDAAL🤯🤯🤯the programme is cancelled Portanto eu trarei sobre os humanos um duro tratamento,Trarei sobre eles o que eles mais temem.Porquanto Eu chamei,e ninguém sequer esboçou resposta ; preguei e ninguém deu ouvidos.Praticaram o mal diante da minha pessoa e escolheram fazer tudo quanto me desagrada profundamente!” 🙏

Tonga tsunami: Australian, NZ officials assess damage after island left in toxic ashAustralia and New Zealand on Monday sent flights to Tonga to survey the damage after the eruption of an undersea volcano left the tiny Pacific kingdom covered in ash and caused a tsunami.

Explainer: Scientists struggle to monitor Tonga volcano after massive eruptionScientists 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. Lol k

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.Satellite images show the undersea eruption with ash, steam and gas rising above south Pacific waters.SALT LAKE CITY — “I wish New Zealand or Australia will provide some water to be sent as soon as possible,” said Seni Penitani, whose family lives on the small Tongan island of Nomuka.The eruption was so strong, it triggered tsunami advisories here in western Washington and many other places.

Large waves were detected as far away as the Caribbean due to pressure changes generated by the eruption. [ Volcano eruption near Tonga causes booms heard by Alaskans hours later and thousands of miles away ] Samiuela Fonua, who chairs the board at Tonga Cable Ltd. A New Zealand Air Force P-3K Orion aircraft left from Auckland on Monday to assist in an initial impact assessment of the area and low-lying islands, the New Zealand defence forces said on Twitter. 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. PIK2AR wants to send help to Tonga, but executive director and co-founder Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou said there’s a lot of logistical issues. He said the cable lies atop and within coral reef, which can be sharp. Australian authorities said their initial reports suggested no mass casualties in Tonga, but added there was "significant damage" to roads and bridges in the country. Fonua said a ship would need to pull up the cable to assess the damage and then crews would need to fix it. KIRO 7 spoke with a member of the Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington, Toka Valu, who said watching media coverage following the disaster was difficult, especially since most of the coverage in the U.

A single break might take a week to repair, he said, while multiple breaks could take up to three weeks. But there is still very limited, if any, information coming from the outer islands," Zed Seselja, Minister for the Pacific, told broadcaster ABC. There’s also no easy or direct way to ship supplies from the United States. He added that it was unclear yet when it would be safe for a ship to venture near the undersea volcano to undertake the work. A second undersea cable that connects the islands within Tonga also appeared to have been severed, Fonua said. Significant damage to boats and shops New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday there had not yet been any official reports of injuries or deaths in Tonga, but cautioned that authorities hadn't yet made contact with some coastal areas and smaller islands. However, a local phone network was working, allowing Tongans to call each other. We don’t want to deal with those two disasters at the same time,” said Penitani. But he said the lingering ash cloud was continuing to make even satellite phone calls abroad difficult. And I know that is causing a huge amount of anxiety for the Tongan community here," Ardern said.’ And then they’ll skip it to the next segment.

He said Tonga, home to 105,000 people, had been in discussions with New Zealand about getting a second international fiber-optic cable to ensure a more robust network but the nation’s isolated location made any long-term solution difficult. A damaged boat is partially submerged in a marina at Tutukaka, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan. The capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in a thick film of volcanic dust, Ardern said, contaminating water supplies and making fresh water a vital need. Things that we’re able to do in order to help the foundations that we choose,” said club vice president Sami Tuipulotu. 16, 2022, after waves from a volcano eruption swept into the marina. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. One complicating factor to any international aid effort is that Tonga has so far managed to avoid any outbreaks of Covid-19. (Tanya White/Northern Advcate/NZME via AP) A couple look at a damaged boat in a marina at Tutukaka, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan. That’s clean water, toiletry supplies, things for their families, things that we have every day that we don’t necessarily think about, but things that they really need right now,” said Tuipulotu. They’re asking supporters to contact them directly online.

16, 2022, after waves from a volcano eruption swept into the marina. READ MORE: Tonga issues tsunami warning after massive undersea volcano eruption Tonga begins cleaning efforts A towering ash cloud had prevented the military from launching any flights earlier to the Pacific island nation. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Tanya White/Northern Advcate/NZME via AP) The cable also broke three years ago, possibly due to a ship dragging an anchor. Communications with the island nation remained limited after the internet was cut soon after the eruption on Saturday evening. Tuipulotu said if you want to get involved, you can reach out to the club’s Instagram account, @pic_byu, as they start planning the best way to help out. At first Tongans had no access to the internet but then some limited access was restored using satellites until the cable was repaired. Ardern said the capital, Nuku’alofa, was covered in a thick film of volcanic dust, contaminating water supplies and making fresh water a vital need. The Tonga volcano🌋 shockwave was felt around the world—causing tidal waves 🌊 on the other side of the Earth 🌏—pandemics & climate change do the same, but on magnitudes someday that we can’t even imagine.

Aid agencies said thick ash and smoke had prompted authorities to ask people to wear masks and drink bottled water. It will also “support the provision of water to communities, as needed, as assessments by government authorities continue. In a video posted on Facebook, Nightingale Filihia was sheltering at her family’s home from a rain of volcanic ash and tiny pieces of rock that turned the sky pitch black. 🤷🏻‍♂️. “It’s really bad. They told us to stay indoors and cover our doors and windows because it’s dangerous,” she said.” He added, “It is in times such as these that we are grateful for the generosity of members of the Church who donate to the Church Humanitarian fund for there will be a need of temporal assistance in Tonga. “I felt sorry for the people.

Everyone just froze when the explosion happened. We rushed home.” Outside the house, people were seen carrying umbrellas for protection. One complicating factor to any international aid effort is that Tonga has so far managed to avoid any outbreaks of COVID-19. Ardern said New Zealand’s military staff were all fully vaccinated and willing to follow any protocols established by Tonga.

Dave Snider, the tsunami warning coordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said it was very unusual for a volcanic eruption to affect an entire ocean basin, and the spectacle was both “humbling and scary.” The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the eruption caused the equivalent of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

Scientists said tsunamis generated by volcanoes rather than earthquakes are relatively rare. Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau, who chairs the New Zealand Tonga Business Council, said she hoped the relatively low level of the tsunami waves would have allowed most people to get to safety, although she worried about those living on islands closest to the volcano. “We are praying that the damage is just to infrastructure and people were able to get to higher land,” she said. The explosion of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano, about 40 miles north of Nuku’alofa, was the latest in a series of dramatic eruptions. In late 2014 and early 2015, eruptions created a small new island and disrupted international air travel to the Pacific archipelago for several days.

Earth imaging company Planet Labs PBC had watched the island in recent days after a new volcanic vent began erupting in late December. Satellite images showed how drastically the volcano had shaped the area, creating a growing island off Tonga. ___ Associated Press journalists Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland, and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report. Sponsored .