Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Undersea Eruption in Tonga, March 2009 - John Seach

An undersea eruption occurred west of the islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai in Tonga. The eruption was visible from Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga. Steam and ash was emitted more than 1 km high. Residents said the steam and ash column first appeared on Monday morning, after a series of sharp earthquakes were felt in the capital, Nuku'alofa. Large amounts of pumice erupted by the volcano may reach beaches in Fiji in a short period of time.
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