The US Stormwatch shared a tweet the place a satellite tv for pc captured the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption (Image: US Stormwatch/Twitter)

Tongan information companies and climate companies which monitor volcanic exercise witnessed exercise within the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano since Jan 3

  • Last Updated:January 15, 2022, 13:26 IST

A significant eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, which despatched plumes of smoke excessive sufficient to be seen from geostationary satellites. A broadly circulated tweet from US Stormwatch confirmed plumes of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano exploding skywards quickly after the explosion.

A tsunami warning was issued for American Samoa quickly after the explosion. There have been no tsunami warnings for Australia and New Zealand on the time of penning this report. Several movies of enormous sea waves crashing onto Tonga’s seashores have been circulated on Twitter. News18 couldn’t confirm the authenticity of these movies.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano is roughly 70 kms away from the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa.

Shortly after the explosion, New Zealand-based climate web site WeatherWatchNZ in a tweet stated that the strain launched as a result of explosion was large and sonic booms may very well be heard throughout New Zealand. It shared a tweet by the MetService, which is New Zealand’s official climate forecasts and warnings website, the place it stated to have recorded a serious strain surge from the eruption.

“The energy release is simply astonishing. Tonga is around 2000km away from New Zealand. Reports of people hearing the sonic booms across NZ,” WeatherWatch tweeted. Observers in Fiji additionally posted on social media websites that explosions and sonic booms have been heard from there as nicely.

Eruptions have been already occurring on the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in keeping with reviews from information company Matangi Tonga and the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program.

The report by Matangi Tonga stated that there have been eruptions on Friday night as nicely however these weren’t as massive because the one reported a number of hours in the past. The report highlighted {that a} workforce of Tongan geologists on Friday noticed a “5km wide column plume of ash, steam and gas rising to altitude 18-20km above sea level.”

Domestic flights to and from Tonga remained cancelled since Friday owing to the plumes and the continuing volcanic eruption. The Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program in its web page for the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano stated that exercise was recorded since January 3.

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