WATCH: Mesmerising satellite images show Tonga undersea volcanic eruption

Images of the eruption and its aftermath have flooded social media since Saturday evening

WATCH: Mesmerising satellite images show Tonga undersea volcanic eruption

A Planet SkySat image shows the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai two hours before its eruption (left) and another one with a plume of smoke arising from the volcano after eruption in Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai, Tonga, January 15, 2022. Planet Labs PBC/via Reuters

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, January 15

Satellite images of the Tonga undersea volcanic eruption that have flooded social media since it struck on Saturday evening are mesmerising and terrifying in equal measure.

Tonga volcano eruption triggers evacuation advisories, metre-high waves in Japan

Images showed the spectacular eruption that took place Saturday evening, with a plume of ash, steam, and gas rising like a mushroom above the blue Pacific waters. A sonic boom could be heard as far away as Alaska.

The event triggered tsunami warnings across the Pacific, from the coast of the United States to Japan. Though the tsunami threat began to recede by Sunday, the extent of damage caused to the archipelago of Tonga is still unclear.

New Zealand said it was watching the situation closely. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand was unable to send a surveillance flight over Tonga on Sunday because the ash cloud was 63,000 feet (19,000 metres) high but promised to try again on Monday.

 

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