Lateiki volcano (Tonga Islands) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 18 October-24 October 2006 (Continuing Activity)
Further information obtained regarding the floating pumice rafts between Tonga and Fiji indicated that the source was Metis Shoal. Mariners in the region were being informed of this activity in early September via "Rag of the Air" radio broadcasts from Fiji. The earliest report found to this point comes from a boat with callsign KB1LSY, noting that "thick pumice" slowed them for 30 minutes during the early morning hours of 28 August as they were approaching the northern islands of the Lau Group in Fiji, about 500 km NW of Metis Shoal.
Wed, 18 Oct 2006, 06:0006:00 AM | BY: VN
By 15 October yachts sailing between Tonga and Fiji reported no remaining pumice.
Sources: Encore II Crew, KB1LSY Crew, Bob McDavitt's Pacific Weathergrams
From: Global Volcanism Program, 2006. Report on Lateiki. In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 18 October-24 October 2006. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.