War Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused “significant” damage

War Volcanic eruption in Tonga caused “significant” damage

War

War Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with the Axios AM and PM newsletters. Catch up on what’s new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

War Catch up on the day’s biggest business stories

Subscribe to the Axios Closer newsletter for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter.

War Sign up for Axios Pro Rata

Dive into the world of dealmakers across VC, PE and M&A with Axios Pro Rata. Delivered daily to your inbox by Dan Primack and Kia Kokalitcheva.

War Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with the Axios Sports newsletter. Sign up for free.

War Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

War Get the inside stories

Get an insider’s guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

War Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

War Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

War Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Des Moines newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

War Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

War Want a daily digest of the top Nashville news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Nashville newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Columbus news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Columbus newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Dallas news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Dallas newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Austin news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Austin newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Atlanta news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Atlanta newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Philadelphia news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Philadelphia newsletter.

War Want a daily digest of the top Chicago news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Chicago newsletter.

War Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

War Want a daily digest of the top DC news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios DC newsletter.

This satellite image of the eruption on Jan. 15 taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Photo: NICT via AP

Significant damage has been reported in Tonga following an undersea volcanic eruption on Saturday, which covered the Pacific nation in ash and cut off communication lines.

Driving the news: The eruption triggered tsunami warnings across Tonga’s islands and in other regions, including the West Coast of the U.S. and New Zealand.

  • Satellite images of the eruption resembled a nuclear explosion with shockwaves rippling out in all directions, per Axios’ Andrew Freedman.

The big picture: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press briefing Sunday there were no immediate official reports of deaths or injuries.

  • While power was slowly being restored to parts of the capital Nuku’alofa and mobile phones were beginning to work again, communication lines to other parts of Tonga was limited as power lines remained cut, Arden noted.
  • It could take up to two weeks to fix an undersea cable damaged in the disaster, the cable operator told the New Zealand Herald on Sunday.
  • The extent of the explosion’s damage remained unknown as the Australian and New Zealand defense forces deployed surveillance aircraft to the region. But parts of Tonga look “like a moonscape” due to the thick coating of volcanic ash, the BBC reports.
  • The ash has also contaminated some fresh water sources. “A clear indication that has come from Tonga is a need for water,” Arden said.

Threat level: The tsunami had a “significant impact” on Nuku’alofa, where “boats and large boulders washed ashore,” Arden said.

  • “Shops along the coast have been damaged and a significant cleanup will be needed,” she said.
  • “Nuku’alofa is covered in thick foam of volcanic dust but otherwise conditions are calm and stable.”

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with details of the underwater cable and the Australian and New Zealand defence forces’ surveillance aircraft deployment.

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.