Australia and New Zealand sent reconnaissance planes to assess the extent of damage to the Tonga IslandsLast Saturday, a volcanic eruption caused a tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.
The volcanic eruption also cut off the internet, further isolating the Polynesian kingdom from the rest of the world.
Australia will also send food to the archipelago of 170 mostly uninhabited islands: the tsunami had a huge impact on the northern coast of the capital Nuku’alofa, which is located about 65 kilometers from the Tonga-Tunga volcano.
The recent eruption was so powerful that it was heard as far as Alaska, nearly 10,000 miles away, causing waves that swept across the coasts of California, Japan and Peru, where two women drowned.
Damage is still uncertain, but it is in any case significant, that of the tsunami that struck the archipelago, where the eruption of the volcano was equivalent to an earthquake of magnitude 5.8.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressed that the tsunami “has had a significant impact on the northern shores: deep repair and clean-up will be required everywhere.”
The Hunga Tonga Hunga Haapai volcano is located under the sea, and in 2009 large amounts of lava and ash erupted.
In 2015, its eruption created an island one kilogram in length and one width, and more than 100 meters in height.
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