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New Zealand sends planes to investigate damage to Tonga volcano

After a tsunami caused by a large volcanic eruption struck a small island nation and caused serious damage, Pacific countries and aid agencies began coordinating relief efforts in Tonga.

Satellite images show seafloor eruptions of volcanic ash, steam, and gas rising over the waters of the South Pacific. (AP)

New Zealand troops were able to send surveillance flights to Tonga to assess the extent of damage from a huge submarine volcanic eruption, but Australia was first reported to have a large scale in the Pacific island nations due to the tsunami. He suggested that there were no casualties.

The New Zealand Defense Force said on Twitter that the New Zealand Air Force’s P-3K Orion aircraft departed Auckland on Monday to assist in the initial impact assessment of the region and the lowland islands.

The Red Cross said it is mobilizing a regional network to respond to what is called the worst volcanic eruption that the Pacific has experienced in decades.

Australian officials said the initial report suggested that Tonga had not been injured in large numbers, but added that there was “serious damage” to roads and bridges in the country.

“Fortunately, there are no reports of mass casualties at this stage. This is clearly very good news, but information from remote islands is still very limited,” said Pacific Minister Zed Seselja. Seselja said. Broadcasting station ABC.

Australia will send a surveillance flight to assess the damage on Monday as Pacific countries and aid agencies have begun coordinating rescue operations.

Serious damage to boats and shops

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has not yet officially reported any injuries or deaths in Tonga on Sunday, but officials have warned that they have not yet contacted some coastal areas or small islands.

“Communication with Tonga remains very limited, and I know it causes a great deal of anxiety in the Tongan community here,” Ardan said.

She said there was serious damage to boats and shops along the coastline of Tonga. According to Ardan, the capital, Nukuarofa, is covered with a thick film of volcanic ash, contaminating the water supply and making freshwater an integral part.

New Zealand was unable to send a surveillance flight over Tonga due to the height of the ash clouds at 63,000 feet, according to Ardan, but will try again on Monday, followed by replenishment and naval vessels. I was hoping for.

One of the factors complicating international aid efforts is that Tonga has been able to avoid the outbreak of Covid-19 so far.

Ardan said all New Zealand military staff are fully vaccinated and willing to follow the protocol established by Tonga.

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Tonga begins cleaning activities

The towering clouds of volcanic ash prevented the military from starting its flight to the Pacific island nation early.

The people of Tonga explained that their country looked like a moonscape when they began work on Monday to clean up from the tsunami and ash fall caused by the eruption.

Communication with the island nation remained restricted even after the internet was cut shortly after the eruption on Saturday evening.

Concerns about the fate of people on several small islands near the volcano remained, but there were no reports of injuries or deaths.

Global cooling

Scientists, meanwhile, said they don’t think the eruption would have a significant impact on the Earth’s climate.

When sulfur dioxide is pumped into the stratosphere, huge volcanic eruptions can cause global cooling. However, in the case of the Tonga eruption, initial satellite measurements showed that the amount of sulfur dioxide released probably had only a slight effect of world average cooling at 0.01 degrees Celsius (0.02 Fahrenheit), Said Professor Alan Robock of Rutgers University.

Satellite images show a spectacular submarine eruption on Saturday evening, with ash, steam, and gas eruptions rising over the waters of the South Pacific like giant mushrooms.

According to the National Weather Service, the sonic boom could be heard far into Alaska, sending pressure shock waves twice around the planet, changing atmospheric pressure, and helping to temporarily clear Seattle fog. ..

Large waves were detected up to the Caribbean Sea due to pressure changes caused by the eruption.

In Tonga, a tsunami rushed across the coast and people rushed to high ground.

Friends and family around the world were worried about getting in touch because the internet and phone lines went down.

The government website and other official sources remained unupdated on Sunday afternoon.

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Tsunami threat after a large volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean

“Everyone just froze”

Aid agencies said thick ash and smoke urged authorities to wear masks and drink bottled water.

In a video posted on Facebook, Nightingale Philichia was evacuating to her family’s home from a rain of volcanic ash and a small piece of rock that was pitch black in the sky.

“That’s really bad. They told us to stay indoors and cover our doors and windows because it’s dangerous,” she said. “I feel sorry for the people. When the explosion happened, everyone just froze. We hurried home.”

Outside the house, people were seen holding umbrellas for protection.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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