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Tonga is struggling after the eruption and tsunami

The Red Cross provided tents, food, water and toilets to households on the main island of Tonga that were devastated by the volcanic eruption.

The eruption was so powerful that space satellites captured not only giant ash clouds, but also atmospheric shock waves emitted from the volcano at near-sonic velocities. (Reuters)

Family members stopped children from playing outside as Tonga struggled to cope with last week’s volcanic eruption and tsunami ash and psychological descent, aid workers and residents said. ..

Communication with the outside world on Sunday was still difficult, there was little internet service, and the remote islands were still separated from telephone service.

The Red Cross said it not only provides tents, food, water and toilets to 173 households on the main island of Tonga, but also comfort.

Drew Haba, Vice President of the Tonga Red Cross, said: Because of the ashes, “the family makes sure the kids aren’t playing outside and they’re all indoors,” he said.

Ha’apai’s worst-affected remote islands have been evacuated to Tongatapu on the main island, while others have refused to leave, Haba said.

He said the psychological consequences of the waves running through and destroying the village would affect their lives for some time.

Seismic activity

He said there was another concern in Tonga that many would share.

“All the kids have grown up. In the geography lesson, I was taught that this is the Ring of Fire, where we all live. Now I think we are pretty worried,” these How active is your place? ” He told Reuters.

The eruption of Hunga Tonga Hunga Haapai volcano in the seismically active Ring of Fire sent a tsunami to the Pacific Ocean, and in New Zealand the tsunami was heard about 2,300 km (1,430 miles) away.

The eruption was so powerful that space satellites captured not only giant ash clouds, but also atmospheric shock waves emitted from the volcano at near-sonic velocities.

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Pulsating, scary

“I thought the world was nearing the end,” recalled John Tuquaf, owner of Bakaroa Beach Resort, who had to rush to save his wife from the tsunami. The resort is located in Kanokpol, one of the most damaged areas on Tongatapu Island, and the area where the resort stood now has uprooted trees and debris.

“I think the whole island is in shock,” Mary Lyn Fonua, editor-in-chief of news website Matangi Tonga Online, told Reuters on Sunday.

She said it took a week for many to recover from the “pulsating and horrifying” sounds of the eruption.

“I couldn’t hear it because it was too big, but I could feel it. The house vibrated, the windows vibrated, and even the big bang became more and more intense,” she said. Reuters Call me on Sunday.

Residents wanted the tropical rain to wash away the “terribly itchy” ash, Fonua said. The leaves of the tree turned brown and had fallen.

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