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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano
Submarine volcano 149 m / 489 ft
Tonga, Tonga Islands, -20.57°S / -175.38°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano eruptions:
2014, 2009, 1988
Typical eruption style:
unspecified
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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano (Tonga Islands): new submarine eruption

Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 18:18 PM | BY: T

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)
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.
Satellite images from 28 Dec already show a plume of discolored water, not visible on images of 18 Dec, suggesting the activity started during this interval. From available pictures on social media, a water and possibly ash-containing plume is visible from a distance, which indicates that the eruption has by now breached the surface. Whether or not it will lead to the formation of a temporary or even permanent new island remains to be seen in 2015.
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009
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. ... [more]

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