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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, Tonga, Tonga Islands: news & activity updates

Updated: May 18, 2022 12:58 GMT -
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Wed, 23 Feb 2022, 18:46
Recovery efforts from the 14-15 January eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai continued in Tonga. According to a news article, the main undersea international fiber-optic communication cable that had been severed in multiple places due to the eruption had been repaired by 21 February, and internet connectivity was restored by 22 February. Repairs had begun on 3 February to rejoin 5-6 pieces and replace a 55 km section of the cable that was missing and likely buried in sediment. Read all
Thu, 10 Feb 2022, 09:24
On 4 February the Tonga Geological Services (TGS) posted drone footage of the Good Samaritan Beach, located on the NE side of Tongatapu, showing that tsunamis from the 15 January Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption reached areas at 15 m elevation, 200 m inland. A 6 February post provided details of what happened when tsunamis reached Mango Island (75 km ENE), stating that waves 12 m high went over the church tower, reached 500 m inland, and pushed buildings and structures against the inland wall of trees. Residents fled to an area that was 30 m elevation, 700 m from the coast, and stayed there all night as ash fell. Read all
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