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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano news & activity updates:
Thu, 29 Jan 2015, 08:58
An exceptional satellite image taken by the European Pléiades satellite from 19 January shows the new island that formed during the eruption near Hunga Ha’apai island (left in images) earlier this month and joined it by forming a new peninsula, composed of a broad, flat ash cone with a water-filled crater. The image also shows that activity seems to have already stopped by 19 Jan when the image was taken. Most likely, the new land addition will be eroded within months, because it seems mainly to be composed of loose materials, as opposed to more resistant solid lava flows.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015, 18:52
Eruption between Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai island on 15 Jan (New Zealand High Commission)
A new island is now growing at the eruption site between Hunga Ha’apai and Hunga Tonga Islands. As of yesterday, it had an east-west elongated 1.5-2 km long and approx. 1 km wide shape with a half-open cone around the crater reaching almost 100 m in height already. Read more... read all
Tue, 13 Jan 2015, 12:41
A pilot reported no visible eruptive activity yesterday, but strong sulfur smell at flight level 160, i.e. 16,000 ft (5 km) altitude.
Mon, 12 Jan 2015, 12:29
Forcasted volcanic ash plume from the Hunga Haapai volcanic eruption (VAAC Wellington)
The submarine eruption has apparently breached the surface. A steam and possibly ash plume was reported to have reached up to 30,000 ft (10 km) above sea level today and yesterday, New Zealand's VAAC Wellington reported, based on pilots' observations. Read more...
Wed, 7 Jan 2015, 13:40
Activity continues, but seems not to have breached the surface (for now). Recent satellite imagery with clear views show a discolored water plume and a steam plume but no ash, suggesting that that the activity is still well below the surface. Read more... read all
Wed, 31 Dec 2014, 18:18
Comparison of satellite images of the area of Hunga Tonga-Hunga volcano from 18 and 29 Dec 2014, showing the plume from underwater activity on the latter (images: NASA / annotations: Culture Volcan)
A new submarine eruption started at the shallow submarine volcano off Tongatapu island in the Tonga archipelago. Read more...
Wed, 18 Mar 2009, 22:23
A new eruption is taking place in the Tonga islands in the South Sea, between the small islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai, which are the tiny suaerial parts of a large underwater volcano located about 30 km SSE of Falcon Island. The last eruptions in this area were reported in 1912, 1937 and 1988. Read more... read all
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