The blast and boom in Tonga

Read on for the latest on the Pacific explosion, a fresh Martian mystery, alleged COVID-19 treatment experimentation with prisoners—and the newest discovered beetle

1/22/2022 6:12:00 AM

Read on for the latest on the Pacific explosion, a fresh Martian mystery, alleged COVID-19 treatment experimentation with prisoners—and the newest discovered beetle

In today’s newsletter, we have the latest on the Pacific explosion, a fresh Martian mystery, alleged COVID-19 treatment experimentation with prisoners, the pandemic and Alzheimer’s … and the ignominious home of the newest discovered beetle

According toby the Tongan government, there have been three recorded deaths in the wake of the eruption and tsunami, and houses have been destroyed on multiple islands.PHOTOGRAPH BY NEW ZEALAND DEFENSE FORCE VIA GETTY IMAGESPlease be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

But search and rescue efforts are hampered by the downed communication lines, as well as(seen in the aerial photograph above, from Monday) that have contaminated drinking water and covered airport runways. Then there are very real worries about international aid deliveries sparking a COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Nuclear-test monitor says Tonga volcano dwarfed the largest recorded nuclear blastsThe volcanic explosion wasn't nuclear, but every nuclear-monitoring station around planet Earth heard the low-frequency boom.

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s VolcanoThe Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption and tsunami that have devastated Tonga are unlike anything volcanologists have seen before.

Fishermen protest after eruption causes oil spill in PeruAn oil spill on the Peruvian coast caused by the waves from an eruption of an undersea volcano in the South Pacific nation of Tonga has prompted dozens of fishermen to protest outside the South American country’s main oil refinery ok How devastating

Tonga's Shirtless Olympic Flagbearer Starts GoFundMe to Help After VolcanoTonga's shirtless Olympic flagbearer Pita Taufatofua's raising money to help the people of his country devastated by a volcano.

Tonga Flagbearer Sets Up GoFundMe After Volcano Eruption, TsunamiPita Taufatofua, known as the “Shirtless Tongan” carrying Tonga’s flag at the Olympics, has established a GoFundMe page to help rebuild areas devastated by a tsunami following a volcanic eruption.

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when it caused an undersea cable to fail, and reports are only now trickling in about how the people fared.  According to by the Tongan government, there have been three recorded deaths in the wake of the eruption and tsunami, and houses have been destroyed on multiple islands. PHOTOGRAPH BY NEW ZEALAND DEFENSE FORCE VIA GETTY IMAGES Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited. But search and rescue efforts are hampered by the downed communication lines, as well as ( seen in the aerial photograph above, from Monday ) that have contaminated drinking water and covered airport runways. Then there are very real worries about international aid deliveries sparking a COVID-19 outbreak.  For Tonga, “this is a potentially devastating event, and it’s horrifying to watch,”  Janine Krippner , a volcanologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program, told Andrews. “I feel sick thinking about it.”  Do you get this newsletter daily? If not,   or forward this to a friend. IN THE SPOTLIGHT Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited. Meet the beetles: Sometimes a glorious discovery is nestled inside an inglorious place. Within a nickel-size piece of 230-million-year-old fossilized feces, researchers found partial and whole specimens of the new Triamyxa coprolithica  beetle (pictured above). 3D scans show some delicate legs and antennae intact, a study reports. “It’s like they’re becoming alive in front of you,” lead author Martin Qvarnström