Volcanoes

Tonga Goes Into Lockdown After 2 Covid Cases at Wharf

Tonga will go into lockdown on Wednesday after recording its first community transmission of the coronavirus, weeks after being battered by a powerful volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami. The eruption shrouded buildings in ash, swamped the island with water, cut off digital communication and prompted an international humanitarian aid effort. Two workers who were helping […]

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How a Volcano Severed Tonga From the World

The waves swept away at least three people, including Angela Glover, who was originally from England. She had moved to Tonga and opened an animal shelter with her husband, a tattoo artist. After the volcano erupted, she posted a photo of a red, glorious sunset on Instagram, telling her followers that “everything’s fine.” But when […]

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Here’s What Scientists Know About the Tonga Volcano Eruption

While residents of Tonga struggle to recover from a devastating volcanic explosion that smothered the Pacific island nation with ash and swamped it with water, scientists are trying to better understand the global effects of the eruption. They already know the answer to one crucial question: Although it appeared to be the largest eruption in […]

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Ash From Tonga Volcanic Eruption Still Poses a Threat

Many people in Tonga evaded the powerful waves set off by an undersea volcanic eruption, in some cases by sprinting inland or clambering up trees. But another problem settled over the island nation in a monochromatic blanket: an ash cloud unleashed by the blast. The challenges are both immediate and long-term. First, in the four […]

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Tonga’s Volcano Aftereffects Could Include Covid

SYDNEY, Australia — A local cleanup operation has begun in Tonga after an epic volcanic eruption set off a tsunami that struck the island nation, as some of the first aerial photos to emerge showed the normally green and verdant isles blanketed with gray dust and ash. But international efforts to deliver aid were being […]

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After Volcano, Tongans Abroad Wait for News From Home

Two days after a colossal volcanic eruption spawned a tsunami that struck the island nation of Tonga, severed communication lines left Tongans around the world waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones, while aid agencies and the country’s Pacific neighbors struggled to assess the scale of the damage. On Saturday night, an undersea volcano […]

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Tonga Shrouded by Ash and Mystery After Powerful Volcano Erupts

The authorities closed several beaches in Peru on Sunday and warned about abnormal wave activity. The deaths in Peru were reminiscent of the aftermath of the powerful tsunami set off by an undersea earthquake off Indonesia in December 2004 which killed more than 250,000 people. A dozen of the dead then were hit by waves […]

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Underwater Volcano Erupts, Setting Off Tsunami Warnings Across Pacific

An underwater volcano erupted on Saturday near the remote Pacific nation of Tonga, triggering tsunami warnings across the Pacific and for the West Coast of the United States, and causing strong waves and currents in many coastal areas. The volcano’s eruption was dramatic, sending plumes of gas and ash thousands of feet into the atmosphere, […]

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At Least 13 Dead as Indonesia’s Mount Semeru Erupts

Searing ash towered in the sky over the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday after the Semeru volcano erupted, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens of others. Indah Amperawati Masdar, the deputy head of East Java’s Lumajang District, near Mount Semeru, said in a news conference on Saturday that at least 41 people […]

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