Volcano Eruption Tonga

January 17, 2022
Volcano Eruption Tonga

The thing just went gangbusters.

Meteorologist Chris Vagasky, who monitored the eruption of a volcano in the kingdom of Tonga.
  • Vagasky went on to say this about the type of electricity (lightning) around the erupting volcano: “You don’t usually see that with a volcano. This is something else. There was nowhere else that was that electric on the planet … ”
  • The volcano itself is called Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai.
  • It was first identified in the early 1900s but mainly existed underwater. In 2014-2015, the volcano's eruptions led to a visible island above water that remained uninhabited by people.

Why It Matters: The massive, violent eruption on January 15th was the largest volcano eruption in decades and led to tsunami warnings all around the world; days later, the volcano continues to erupt. The extent of damage in the kingdom of Tonga itself (a collection of islands, some inhabited by people) remains TBD.

The Tonga eruption explained, from tsunami warnings to sonic booms

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by Jenna Lee,