4-foot tsunami hits Tonga after explosive eruption of underwater volcano

A tsunami caused by an explosive eruption of Tonga’s underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean hit the coast of that Pacific nation on Saturday (January 15th), sending residents rushing to higher ground, according to news reports. The 1.2-meter-high tsunami reportedly hit the capital of Tonga, Nuku’alofu, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of … Read more

Satellite Captures Dramatic Tsunami-Triggering Volcanic Eruption in South Pacific

Frightened Tongans fled to higher ground on Saturday after a massive volcanic eruption brought tsunami waves that hit the South Pacific island and triggered warnings all the way to the west coast of the United States. Dramatic images from space showed the moment when the last eruption of the Hung Tonga-Hung Ha’apai carried a mushroom … Read more

Major Blast in Tonga Create Tsunami and Heavy Ash Fall

The first major volcanic eruption hit the island nation of Tonga today. Over it the past few weeks, a small volcanic island South-Ha’apai people experienced smaller but impressive explosions. However, 14-15. January tthe eruption became much more intense, sending ashes over 60,000 feet (18 kilometers) into the sky. The blast also caused a tsunami that … Read more

Indonesian Island Collapse and Devastating Tsunami Not Caused by Powerful Volcanic Blast

Eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano. The dramatic collapse of Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau in December 2018 is the result of long-term destabilizing processes and was not driven by any marked changes in the igneous system that could be detected by current monitoring techniques, new research has shown. The volcano erupted about six months before … Read more