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Home Reef volcano (Tonga Islands): eruptive activity slowed down, lava effusion continues

Mon, 19 Sep 2022, 04:11
04:11 AM | BY: MARTIN
Natural colored satellite image of the new island at Home Reef volcano from 15 September showing lava surface (image: USGS)
Natural colored satellite image of the new island at Home Reef volcano from 15 September showing lava surface (image: USGS)
The eruptive activity at the volcano slowly decreased.
Only two eruptions occurred within the last 24 hours compared to 11 explosions in the past 48 hours.
Emissions of steam and gas continue to emit up to 1 km above the fumarolic vents and currently dominate the volcano.
Lava flows continue to build the island which is measured by 182 meters arranged in the north-south direction and by 173 meters in the east-west direction with a total surface area of about 6 acres and estimated height of 10 meters above sea level.
Source: Tonga Geological Services volcano activity update 19 September 2022

The re-birth of an island on Home Reef in the Kingdom of Tonga (source: planet)

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Home Reef volcano (Tonga Islands): submarine eruption led to form new island

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Home Reef volcano
submarine volcano -10 m / -33 ft
Tonga Islands, -18.99°S / -174.78°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Home Reef volcano eruptions:
2006 (Aug), 1984 (Mar), 1857 (?), 1852
Typical eruption style
explosive, island-forming
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