January 17, 2022

Meanwhile, In, Over, and Hundreds of Miles Around Tonga (Updated)

Tonga blew up!

Internet to Tonga is down and there is very little communication right now with the island kingdom.

Tsunami's from this explosion hit as far away as Alaska and Japan.

Via Don: The Vulcanologists over at Volcano Cafe have an assessment.  It looks like two of the Kingdom's Islands are completely gone. Ash is playing havoc with communications. It was, apparently, a VEI-5 on the Volcano Eruption Scale. Meanwhile, as the first deaths are reported, Australia and New Zealand are sending reconnaissance planes to assess how best to get aid to the islands, which is not as straightforward as it sounds since the volcano is still erupting and the ash is a menace to turbine powered planes.

Some idea of the scale of the eruption can be gleaned from the fact that, while Tonga is in the South Pacific, the eruption was heard in Alasksa

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1 The pressure wave from the explosion has been detected going around the earth, several times.

Posted by: Mauser at Wed Jan 19 23:19:27 2022 (Ix1l6)

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