Tonga government issues 1st statement since volcanic blast

For the first time since a massive undersea volcano erupted and caused widespread damage, the government of Tonga released its first statement on Tuesday morning.

1/19/2022 1:30:00 AM

New ground pictures have emerged of the massive volcano eruption in Tonga. For the first time since the undersea volcano erupted and caused widespread damage, the government of Tonga released its first statement. 🌋

For the first time since a massive undersea volcano erupted and caused widespread damage, the government of Tonga released its first statement on Tuesday morning.

erupted and caused widespread damage, the government of Tonga released its first statement on Tuesday morning, describing a huge mushroom plume that covered the entire South Pacific island kingdom and nearly 50-foot tsunami waves that crashed ashore and devastated villages.

International and domestic communication, including the Internet, had been severed since the blast of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. According to the government's statement, thevolcanic eruptiondamaged an underwater fiber optic cable, cutting off communication to the outside world.

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