An undersea volcano in the Pacific Ocean has raised fears of a tsunami. Experts have said that the volcano will likely lead to an earthquake, but there is no current impact on land or people.
Tonga was cut off from the rest of the world when the volcano erupted. It was a natural catastrophe, and without access to the internet, the rest of the world was unaware of the scale of the devastation, the number of lives lost, and so on. The hazard of a tsunami from an underwater volcanic eruption, on the other hand, has faded throughout the Pacific. Saturday evening was the time of the event. A mushroom-shaped cloud of ash, steam, and gas surged over the Pacific oceans, and the boom reached Alaska.
Tsunami waves slammed onto Tonga’s coastline, prompting residents to flee to higher ground.
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, said: “Tonga’s communication is still severely constrained. And I’m sure it’s generating a lot of concern among the Tongan population here.” The authorities have yet to get comments on ground reality from coastal communities and smaller islands.
The aftermath of the volcano’s eruption
Damage to boats and stores along the Tongan shoreline was addressed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Tonga is covered with a heavy layer of volcanic dust. As a result, water sources have been contaminated. People were warned to wear masks and drink bottled water, according to the authorities. New Zealand intends to deploy a military surveillance plane over Tonga to assess the extent of the damage and get a better understanding of the situation.
They will then dispatch supply aircraft and naval ships. Tonga has managed to avert a coronavirus epidemic. As a result, military personnel and those who have been vaccinated will go to Tonga. The residents will be secure from infection as a result of this.
Because of the volcano, internet access was disrupted.
Tonga’s internet connection is provided via an underwater cable from Suva, Fiji.
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The volcano’s explosion severed the connection, isolating Tonga. The internet is now an indispensible component of life, and its unavailability has an impact on every facet of society. Tonga has a population of roughly 105,000 people, and footage released on social media show the wrath of the waves. These were powerful enough to cause damage to yachts as far away as New Zealand and California’s Santa Cruz.
According to the US Geological Survey, the eruption was similar to a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. On Twitter, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced his displeasure with the situation. “The United States is ready to assist our Pacific friends,” he said.
I’m worried about Tonga’s people as they recover from the effects of a volcano eruption and tsunami. Our Pacific friends can count on the United States for assistance.
January 16, 2022 — Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken)
In late 2014 and early 2015, the area saw a series of eruptions. International aviation traffic to the Pacific islands was temporarily disrupted as a result of this.
Waves up to two feet high were created by the volcano.
The inhabitants of Tonga fled to safety as an underwater volcano near the island of Tonga erupted, sending tsunami waves crashing on the beach. The waves created, according to a Pacific tsunami-monitoring agency headquartered in the United States, were almost two feet high. Sea-level variations and strong ocean currents, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu. Those living near the sea were also advised to migrate away from beaches and ports and into safer areas. A 3-mile (5-kilometer) cloud of ash, steam, and gas surged into the air to a height of roughly 12.4 miles, according to satellite pictures (20 kilometers). That sums up the scope of the issue. In 2009, two big earthquakes happened halfway between Samoa and American Samoa, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tsunami waves up to 72 feet high were created, with 192 people killed.
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