Satellite images show the spectacular eruption, with
a plume of ash, steam and gas rising like a giant mushroom.
Thick ash on an airport runway has been delaying
aid deliveries to the Pacific island nation of
Tonga, where significant damage was being reported
days after a huge undersea volcanic eruption and
Tonga’s small outer islands were badly hit by a
massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, a Tongan
diplomat said on Tuesday, raising fears of more
deaths and injuries.
“Alarming” images taken by New Zealand Defence
Force (NZDF) reconnaissance flights showed an
entire village destroyed on Mango Island and numerous
buildings missing on nearby Atata Island, said
Tonga’s deputy head of mission in Australia,
“People panic, people run and get injuries,” Tu’ihalangingie
told Reuters news agency. “Possibly, there will
be more deaths. We just pray that is not the case.”
Maxar Technologies released aerial photographs of
the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano and Tonga’s
capital Nuku’alofa before and after its main eruption,
which could be seen from space.
Satellite images captured the spectacular eruption,
with a plume of ash, steam and gas rising like a
giant mushroom above the South Pacific.
Provided by the IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service System