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Video: They record from space how the Tonga volcano enters “one of the most violent eruptions captured by satellite”.


15 ene 2022 09:33 GMT

In the pictures, you can see the effect of a very visible shock wave traveling from Tonga to Fiji and Samoa via the Pacific at distances of 700 and 800 kilometers, respectively.

The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano in the Tonga archipelago erupted on Friday, sending ash, steam and gas 20 kilometers away. Many satellites captured this catastrophe from space.

“Hanga-Tonga volcano in Tonga is one of the most violent volcanic eruptions ever captured by satellite,” the US Stormwatch Twitter account dedicated to meteorology commented in a video.

Seen from orbit, the gray cloud covered all the islands of the archipelago in a few minutes, from the capital Nuku’aloba in the south to Niafu in the north.

In large-scale films, a well-known shock wave-like effect can be seen racing across the Pacific to Fiji and Samoa at distances of 700 and 800 kilometers from Tonga, respectively. Paul Byrne, professor of geography at the University of Washington in St. Louis; Reports An explosion was heard in Fiji.

After the volcano erupted, a tsunami alert was issued in Tonga and the waves quickly hit homes and destroyed buildings. They have appeared on the web Pictures from that place This allows us to appreciate the scale of the disaster.

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Prior to that massive eruption, continuous volcanic activity was recorded in late December in Hanga-Tonga-Hunga-Hapai. After the process resumed on Friday, massive eruptions, thunder and lightning were observed near the volcano. Commented Taaniela Kula, Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources of Tonga, to the local press.