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    PublishedNovember 21, 2022, 8:50 pm Volcanoes in Tonga: The explosion reached a record height beyond the stratosphere Last January’s explosion in Tonga was the most powerful on record, with energy equivalent to hundreds of nuclear bombs and debris propelled more than 40km into the air. l’A deadly volcanic eruption A New Zealand-led team of scientists revealed on Monday that it hit the Tonga Islands earlier this year, the strongest on record with modern instruments. The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’pai submarine volcano erupted violently in mid-January. Equivalent to hundreds of nuclear bombsCauses a tsunami at a height of 15 m. Three people were killed during the disaster, when houses were destroyed and communications cables connecting the archipelago to the Internet network were broken. This is how this small Pacific country found itself Cut off from the rest of the world For weeks, that complicated rescue efforts. The mesosphere has passed According to a study by New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, nearly 10 km3 of material was thrown, equivalent to 2.6 million Olympic swimming pools. Beyond the stratosphere,...
    A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Tonga today.  The earthquake, with a depth of 10km, struck in the sea about 128 miles east of the south-east of Neiafu, a coastal town on the east cost of Tonga, on Friday monring.  A tsunami advisory was issued for American Samoa, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). Officials said hazardous tsunami waves from the earthquake are possible within 186 miles of the quake's epicentre along the coasts of Tonga and Niue.  This is a breaking news story, more to follow...   A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Tonga today
    A MASSIVE earthquake has struck the Pacific Ocean sparking a tsunami warning amid fears of fresh disaster for the nearby island nations. The 7.5 magnitude tremor rocked the sea around 130 miles south-east of Tonga. 1The 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Pacific Ocean Tsunami warnings have been issued for American Samoa, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). Hazardous tsunami waves from the earthquake are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coasts of Niue and Tonga, it added. The quake was at a depth of 10 km, the USGS said. It comes just months after Most read in US NewsIN THE WIRES Secret chats of brothers who 'killed 8 people in same family' played at trial'I APOLOGIZE' Leaked emails reveal diver's excuse for 'child rape' & patronizing jibesWILD WEATHER Hurricane Nicole batters Florida leaving four dead and 'sharks' in the streetsFINAL REPRIEVE Serena Williams’ crumbling childhood home is saved in shock ruling TopicsEarthquakesYOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunIN THE WIRES Secret chats of brothers who 'killed 8 people...
    A Tongan Prince looked delighted to stand at the altar with his beautiful bride as the pair enjoyed an ornate royal wedding in Auckland, New Zealand - after facing years of delays due to Covid. Sione Ikamafana Tuku'aho - the nephew of the Throne of Tonga's King Tupou VI - and Lanu Faletau celebrated their nuptials in what appeared to be a beautiful church ceremony, surrounded by bouquets of flowers. The prince, 28, and his wife were loved up as ever as they walked arm in arm down the aisle, grinning for the cameras. Lanu - a lawyer, model and activist hailing from Taunga, Vava'u - donned a stunning white wedding dress with a sheer, lacey sleeve detail and a shimmering bodice. Sione Ikamafana Tuku'aho - the nephew of the Throne of Tonga's King Tupou VI - and Lanu Faletau celebrated their nuptials in what appeared to be a church ceremony, surrounded by bouquets of flowers The happy couple huddled together as they posed for photos with guests at the church on October 29 A wedding guest who spoke to...
    The Tonga volcanic eruption in January produced the highest ever recorded plume, scientists have confirmed. Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, released an ash cloud that was 187,000 feet (57 km/35 miles) high. Its colossal eruption on January 15 this year was also the first recorded to have broken through into the third layer of the atmosphere - the mesosphere. The mesosphere starts about 160,000 feet (48 km) above us, and is where passing meteors start to burn up and form shooting stars. Researchers from the University of Oxford and RAL Space used three geostationary weather satellites to accurately measure the massive plume's height. The previous record-holder, the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, caused a plume that was recorded as 131,000 feet (40 km/ 25 miles) high. 'It's an extraordinary result as we have never seen a cloud of any type this tall before,' said lead author Dr Simon Proud. 'Furthermore, the ability to estimate the height in the way we did, using the parallax method, is only possible now that we have good satellite coverage. ...
    Getty The Vikings signed Khyiris Tonga off the Falcons' practice squad on October 4, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The Minnesota Vikings have a new big man in the building. “The #Vikings are signing nose tackle Khyiris Tonga off the #Falcons’ practice squad, per source,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted on October 4. Tonga could take a roster spot in place of rookie safety Lewis Cine, who was placed on the injured reserve list following a lower leg fracture last Sunday against the Saints in London. Eden Prairie native Ryan Connelly was also activated off the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list, while practice-squad defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman and wide receiver Travis Toivonen were released, per a team release. #Vikings roster moves – Placed S Lewis Cine on IR – Activated LB Ryan Connelly from Reserve/PUP. – Released DL Jaylen Twyman and WR Travis Toivonen from the practice squad. https://t.co/aHQbwA04P1 pic.twitter.com/BGOgXtMuNk — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 4, 2022 Khyiris Tonga Becomes the Biggest Vikings Player on the RosterListed at 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, Tonga becomes the heaviest player...
    Getty Matt Eberflus and the Chicago Bears Head to Minnesota to face the Vikings Week 5. Khyiris Tonga is back in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have signed the former Chicago Bears 2021 seventh-round draft pick off of the Atlanta Falcons‘ practice squad, according to the NFL’s October 4 waiver wire. The Bears waived the second-year defensive tackle at the end of August, when they claimed six players off waivers, including former Vikings defensive end Armon Watts, who essentially took Tonga’s place on the roster. The Falcons picked the 26-year-old defender up shortly after the Bears released him, and he has remained on their active roster ever since. Now, he’ll be on Minnesota’s 53-man squad when the Bears roll in to town Week 5.Tonga Showed Promise as Rookie in 2021In college at BYU, Tonga amassed 130 total tackles (14.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 12 pass breakups in 47 career games. The Bears selected him in the seventh round (250th overall) and he wound up playing a decent amount as a rookie, appearing in...
    Getty Head coach Arthur Smith of the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons are losing defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga to the Minnesota Vikings. Tonga’s agent took to Twitter to publically congratulate his client, Tonga, after the Vikings signed him off of Atlanta’s practice squad. Congratulations to @gse_football client @khyiristonga on being signed to @Vikings roster off the @AtlantaFalcons practice squad — David Canter (@davidcanter) October 4, 2022 Tonga Was a BYU Standout Prior to Entering the NFL Tonga was originally a seventh-round (250th overall) pick by the Bears in the 2021 NFL draft. He played 15 games last season and made 24 tackles (10 solo), one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery as a rookie. The Bears cut Tonga on August 31, and he then signed was signed to the Falcons practice squad. He did not appear in any four of Atlanta’s games. Prior to entering the 2021 NFL Draft, Tonga was a BYU standout. During his four-year college career with the Cougars, Tonga recorded 130 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and...
    (CNN)The Central Tonga Islands welcomed the birth of a new baby -- a baby island, that is. The new baby island emerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean, where underwater volcanoes are plentiful. One of these submerged volcanoes awoke on September 10, spewing lava, steam, and ash, according to a statement from the NASA Earth Observatory. Just eleven hours after the volcano began to erupt, a new island had emerged above the water's surface, says NASA, which captured images of the nascent island with satellites. Hawaiis Kilauea volcano spews lava everywhere The newborn island grew quickly in size, according to NASA. On September 14, researchers at Tonga Geological Services estimated the island covered just 4,000 square meters -- around one acre. Read MoreBut by September 20, the island had grown to cover 24,000 square meters, or around 6 acres. The new island sits on the Home Reef seamount in the Central Tonga Islands, southwest of the archipelago's Late Island. You might not want to get too attached to the baby island: islands created by underwater volcanoes "are often short-lived," says NASA....
    NASA has uncovered a new island that's just a few days old – but already has a tragic story. The US space agency used powerful satellite cameras to snap a lonely rocky outcrop formed by volcanic eruptions. 5A new island has formed in the Pacific OceanCredit: Nasa / Tonga Geological Services 5The island is estimated to be around six acres in sizeCredit: Nasa / Tonga Geological Services It's in an area of the southwest Pacific Ocean renowned for underwater volcanoes. "On September 10, 2022, one of them awoke," Nasa explained. "In the days since, the Home Reef seamount in the Central Tonga Islands has repeatedly oozed lava, ejected plumes of steam and ash, and discoloured the surrounding water." The island was estimated to be 33 feet above sea level and about an acre in size on September 14, according to Nasa and the Tonga Geological Services. Read more on NasaROCK AND LOAD Inside Nasa plot to smash spaceship into asteroid to test apocalypse defences But it's since grown to six acres – around 24,000 square metres. The island formed in...
    FARMERS dyed their sheep red, white and blue in her honour in New Zealand. In Australia, electricity poles kept crashing down from the weight of people clinging to them for a better view. 4The Queen’s five-and-a-half-month tour of the Commonwealth in 1953Credit: Alamy And in Jamaica, a man threw his coat over a puddle so the Queen would not have to get her shoes wet, in the spirit of Sir Walter Raleigh — and was promptly arrested for lunacy. The world had never seen anything like the Queen’s five-and-a-half-month tour of the Commonwealth that began in November 1953. And it has never seen anything like it again. It was the first time a reigning sovereign had ever visited many of the countries on the tour, including Australia and New Zealand. READ MORE ON QUEEN'S DEATHLAID TO REST The Queen’s coffin will be lowered into St George’s Chapel’s Royal Vault on TVINGRID SEWARD The royal women have shown great dignity and strength since the Queen's death The epic tour was designed to harness the unprecedented popularity of the monarchy in the...
    Getty Former Chicago Bears DL Khyiris Tonga. The Atlanta Falcons filled out their practice squad on Monday, September 5 by signing former Chicago Bears defender, Khyiris Tonga. OFFICIAL: We have signed DL Khyiris Tonga to our practice squad. — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 5, 2022 Tonga was originally a seventh-round (250th overall) pick by the Bears in the 2021 NFL draft and was released by the team last week. Atlanta has several connections with the Bears organization as they have many former Chicago executives currently working in their own front office, so it’s no surprise that the Falcons picked up another Bear. ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here! Join Heavy on Falcons!Tonga Was a BYU Standout Prior to Entering the LeaguePrior to entering the 2021 NFL Draft, Tonga was a BYU standout. During his four-year college career with the Cougars, Tonga recorded 130 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 12 pass defenses in 47 career games. Khyiris Tonga just invented the nose tackle...
    The massive eruption of the Tonga volcano in January produced a tsunami as tall as the Statue of Liberty, according to a report. Researchers at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom took data from deep-ocean instruments and coastal tide gauges within a 932-mile radius of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption, Science News reported this week. Using these data, the scientists ran nine different computer simulations visualizing the properties of the eruption. They found that the one that best matched the recorded data was an eruption that produced initial waves as tall as 295 feet — just 10 feet short of the Statue of Liberty. In this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP) “This was a really large tsunami,” researcher and...
    Getty Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has been placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Chicago Bears. After claiming six players off the NFL’s waiver wire on August 31, including 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood, the Chicago Bears are releasing several players, including defensive back Duke Shelley, veteran linebacker Joe Thomas, offensive lineman Zach Thomas and defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga. The Bears confirmed they also placed linebacker Caleb Johnson on waivers, while also placing wide receiver Tajae Sharpe on season-ending injured reserve. Cuts were expected after Chicago claimed six players off the waiver wire on August 31. In addition to Leatherwood, the Bears added former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Armon Watts, former New York Jets tight end Trevin Wesco, undrafted free agent defensive backs Josh Blackwell and Sterling Weatherford, and UDFA defensive end Kingsley Jonathan. Insider Adam Jahns of The Athletic called Tonga’s release “a surprise,” noting the young defensive lineman has been getting several snaps with the starters throughout training camp and the preseason. Now this is a surprise. Tonga’s been playing with the first team for a bit...
    ALL too often we're warned about massive asteroids heading our way and the huge efforts that go into dodging them. But little do many people realise, there's an even bigger menace right here on the ground already. 3An undersea volcano devastated Tonga last yearCredit: Getty And it's far more likely to happen than an asteroid hitting Earth. This forgotten threat is none other than volcanoes, which experts say is not getting nearly enough attention to prevent widespread death and destruction. Looking back through history, these flaming masses have wreaked devastation time and again. Yet the world is "woefully underprepared", according to Dr Michael Cassidy from the University of Birmingham and Dr Lara Mani at the University of Cambridge. Read more about volcanoesTHRILLER NEAR MANILA Rare 'volcanic lightning' as Philippines volcano blows halting flights They say the catastrophic risk of a giant eruption is similar to a 1km-wide asteroid crashing down on us. But the shocking difference is that volcanic catastrophe is hundreds of times more likely to happen compared to the chances of an asteroid or comet collision combined. If that's...
    AN UNDERWATER volcanic eruption has released more energy than the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated. Experts say the volcanic eruption was one of the most powerful natural or manmade occurrences of this century. 1The energy release was clocked by weather observatories on the other side of the worldCredit: NASA/GOES/NESDIS The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai is an underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean. Because the volcano is situated where two tectonic plates converge, it has a storied history of eruptions in both pre-modern history and in the 21st century. Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai's most recent eruption on January 15th cracked with an explosion that could be heard by observatories around the world and the subsequent tsunami and ashfall caused an estimated $90million in damages. "The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption was without a doubt one of the most energetic events to have occurred over the last century, more so than the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated," Dr Sam Rigby told Phys.org. Read More VolcanoesVOLCANO HORROR Brit, 25, plunges to his death while climbing 15,000ft 'volcano from hell'JAWS DROPPING Inside the hunt for underwater...
    The eruption of the underwater volcano in Tonga that triggered a tsunami earlier this year released more energy than the Tsar Bomba - the most powerful nuclear bomb ever detonated, according to a new study.  Researchers from the University of Sheffield harvested data from weather stations and social media worldwide and compared it against historical data. They determined that the eruption was equivalent to around 61 Mt of TNT, whereas the Tsar Bomba released between 50-58 Mt.  'The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption was without a doubt one of the most energetic events to have occurred over the last century, more so than the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated,' said Dr Sam Rigby, Senior Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering at the University of Sheffield and co-author of the study. Nasa Privacy Policy In a new study, experts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory predict the volume of water expelled during the eruption could be enough to affect the global average temperature  Study shows the eruption was equivalent to around 61 Mt of TNT, whereas the Tsar Bomba released between 50-58 Mt. The...
    Scientists believe there is a one in six chance of a major volcanic eruption this century which could dramatically change the world's climate and put millions of lives in danger. When the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted off the shore of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean in January, the blast was so huge that tsunamis hit the shores of Japan, North America and South America and Tonga itself suffered damage equating to almost a fifth of its entire GDP. But an analysis of ice cores in Greenland and Antarctica by a team at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen found that a magnitude 7 volcanic eruption - which could be 10 to 100 times bigger than the one recorded in January - is a distinct possibility for this century.  Eruptions of this size in the past have caused abrupt climate change and the collapse of civilisations. Yet one of the UK's leading volcanologists today warned that the world is 'woefully' unprepared for such an event. Michael Cassidy, associate professor of volcanology at the University of Birmingham, told Nature: 'There is no coordinated...
    Tonga's volcanic eruption in January blasted enough water to fill more than 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools - and could weaken the ozone layer. Scientists who examined the amount of water vapour ejected by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano described it as 'unprecedented'. The powerful steam was formed when seawater in the South Pacific came into contact with the lava and was 'superheated'.  The eruption created sound waves heard as far as Alaska 6,200 miles away, in a sonic boom that circled the globe twice.  In a new study, experts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory predict the volume of water could be enough to temporarily affect the global average temperature. It could also temporarily boost chemical reactions in the atmosphere that worsen the depletion of the ozone layer.  'We've never seen anything like it,' said atmospheric scientist Dr Luis Millán. Nasa Privacy Policy In a new study, experts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory predict the volume of water expelled during the eruption could be enough to affect the global average temperature  Just before nightfall reached Tonga, the eruption (lower left) created sound waves...
    When an underwater volcano 40 miles north of Tonga's capital, Nuku’alofa, erupted in January, it spewed out enough water vapor to fill 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools into the atmosphere. The eruption of the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano earlier this year sent enough water vapor into the stratosphere, located approximately eight to 33 miles above the Earth's surface, to "temporarily affect Earth’s global average temperature," NASA says. NASA WILL ONLY LET TOURISTS GO TO SPACE IF ACCOMPANIED BY FORMER ASTRONAUTS "We’ve never seen anything like it," Luis Millan, an atmospheric scientist for NASA who led a study examining the volcano's eruption, said in a statement. The eruption sent about 146 teragrams of water vapor into the stratosphere, nearly four times the amount of water vapor expelled from the Mount Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines in 1991. One teragram is equal to a trillion grams. The eruption of the undersea volcano, which spanned more than 12 miles wide, caused a sonic boom that could be heard as far away as Alaska and triggered a tsunami...
    On January 15th, 2022, Tonga's Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted, spewing tons of gas and ash into the atmosphere. According to a Wednesday report by National Public Radio, the blast contained enough water vapor – notorious for its heat-trapping abilities – to temporarily raise Earth's temperature. "The massive amount of water vapor is roughly 10% of the normal amount of vapor found in the stratosphere, equaling more than 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools," NPR wrote. The chemicals "came from a volcano that's more than 12 miles wide, with a caldera sitting roughly 500 feet below sea level. One day earlier, Tongan officials reported the volcano was in a continuous eruption, sending a 3-mile-wide plume of steam and ash into the sky. Then the big blast came, sending ash, gases and vapor as high as 35 miles — a record in the satellite era — into the atmosphere," per NPR. READ MORE: Decarbonization happening 'too slowly to offer real protection from warming': author In a July paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists discovered that Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai "may be the...
    (CNN) — La erupción volcánica en Tonga, una de las más potentes del planeta, expulsó tal cantidad de vapor de agua a la atmósfera que es probable que caliente temporalmente la superficie de la Tierra, según las detecciones de un satélite de la NASA. Cuando el volcán submarino Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai entró en erupción el 15 de enero, a 65 kilómetros al norte de la capital de Tonga, provocó un tsunami y una explosión sónica que dio la vuelta al mundo, dos veces. La erupción envió una gran columna de vapor de agua a la estratosfera, que se encuentra entre 12 y 53 kilómetros (entre 8 y 33 millas) por encima de la superficie de la Tierra. Era suficiente agua para llenar 58.000 piscinas olímpicas, de acuerdo con las detecciones de un satélite de la NASA. https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/NASA-webtag-v.mp4 La detección fue realizada por el instrumento Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) del satélite Aura de la NASA. El satélite mide el vapor de agua, el ozono y otros gases atmosféricos. Después de la erupción, los científicos se sorprendieron por las lecturas de vapor...
    (CNN)One of the most powerful volcanic eruptions on the planet blasted such a massive amount of water vapor high into the atmosphere that it's likely to temporarily warm the Earth's surface, according to detections from a NASA satellite. When the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on January 15, 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Tonga's capital, it created a tsunami as well as a sonic boom that rippled around the world -- twice. The eruption sent a tall plume of water vapor into the stratosphere, which is located between 8 and 33 miles (12 and 53 kilometers) above the Earth's surface. It was enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to detections from a NASA satellite. The detection was made by the Microwave Limb Sounder instrument on NASA's Aura satellite. The satellite measures water vapor, ozone and other atmospheric gases. After the eruption occurred, the scientists were surprised by the water vapor readings. Tonga eruption was hundreds of times more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA saysThey estimate that the eruption delivered 146 teragrams of water...
    NASA recently revealed satellite images of an underwater volcano dubbed the 'Sharkcano' after it erupted in the South Pacific. The Sharkcano eruption drew a lot of attention due to the mutant sharks said to be living inside but there are plenty of other underwater volcanoes that scientists are hunting for. Nasa revealed this satellite image of the 'Sharkcano' eruptionCredit: NASA 2It's unclear if any sharks inside the Sharkcano survived the blastCredit: Nat Geo 2The Hunga Ha’apai, Tonga volcano erupted earlier this yearCredit: Handout Although the Sharkcano was only thought to be deadly for any marine life nearby the eruption, some underwater volcanoes pose a much greater risk. That's why scientists have to hunt and seek them out. Krakatoa is one of the most famous underwater volcanoes and it was said to kill tens of thousands of people with an eruption in 1883. More recently, an underwater volcano called the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai volcano left at least 6 people dead and others injured and missing after its eruption led to a tsunami earlier this year. Read more on sharkcanoJAWS DROPPING Sharks living inside 'Sharkcano'...
    LONDON (AP) — Tonga’s chief diplomat in the United Kingdom will be thinking about two monarchs this weekend as Britain and the Commonwealth celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. There is Elizabeth, of course, who will celebrate 70 years on the throne with four days of parades and pageantry. But High Commissioner Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano will also remember her great- grandmother Queen Salote Tupou III, who endeared herself to Britons as she rode through the streets of London in an open carriage during Elizabeth’s coronation parade in 1953. Despite pouring rain, Queen Salote refused to close the top as a sign of respect for the new monarch, drawing cheers from the revelers lining the streets. “Every single Tongan knows about that experience,’’ Tu’ivakano told The Associated Press. “I even have some individuals walking up to me (in London) and asking me, ‘Are you Tongan?’ These are ladies who were there 70 years ago. … They still remember what happened.’’ Tonga is an example of how Britain’s relationship with the world has changed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Vanuatu on Wednesday for talks as he continued his regional island-hopping tour two days after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South Pacific nations. While Wang didn’t manage to get consensus on the multilateral security and economic plan at a meeting in Fiji after several nations voiced concerns, he has been notching up smaller wins by signing bilateral agreements with many of the countries he’s been visiting. China and the Pacific countries haven’t so far made the details of those deals public. Wang arrived in Vanuatu from Tonga, where he signed a number of deals with Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni on everything from disaster management to a royal tomb improvement project. His tour comes amid growing international concerns about Beijing’s military ambitions and pursuit of natural resources in the region. Speaking to reporters in Washington, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the U.S. as well as its allies and partners in the Pacific had made clear their concerns about China’s “opaque, shadowy deals.” Price...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Tonga on Tuesday as he continued his regional island-hopping tour a day after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South Pacific nations. While Wang didn’t manage to get consensus on the multilateral security and economic plan at a meeting in Fiji after several nations voiced concerns, he has been notching up smaller wins by signing bilateral agreements with the countries he’s been visiting, and he signed more deals in Tonga. His tour comes amid growing international concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the region. Tonga is continuing to recover from a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami in January which killed three people locally and destroyed hundreds of homes. The tsunami also cut the nation’s internet connection to the rest of the world when it severed an undersea cable which took five weeks to repair. In Tonga, Wang met with King Tupou VI and Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni and signed several agreements with Sovaleni that covered everything from disaster management to a royal tomb...
    AN UNDERWATER volcano has left a giant crater in the seabed, according to a new study. The Tongan volcano erupted earlier this year, producing Earth's biggest atmospheric explosion in over 100 years. 2Researchers have just finished mapping the volcanic changesCredit: NIWA 2The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on January 15Credit: Reuters According to a BBC report, the crater hole of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai volcano is now 2.5miles wide and drops 2,789 feet. Before the huge explosion, it only dropped 492 feet. That's a staggering 2,297 feet difference. Thankfully, the volcano is not expected to have a similar eruption for over 100 years. Read more on the SharkcanoJAWS OF DEATH 'Sharkcano' with mutant sharks in undersea crater is erupting, Nasa warns Scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research say the eruption moved a large amount of seabed material. So much material in fact that it would amount to five times the size of the Empire State Building if pushed together. A total of 3,088 square miles of the seabed is said to have changed. Prof Shane Cronin from the University of...
    NASA has warned that a submarine volcano in the Solomon Islands – dubbed the 'sharkcano' because two species of shark are known to live in the submerged crater – is starting to erupt. Satellite images show a plume of discoloured water being emitted from the Kavachi Volcano, which lies about 15 miles south of Vangunu Island, on May 14. The volcano entered an eruptive phase in October 2021, according to the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program, and the new satellite data suggests activity on several days in April and May 2022. Previous research has shown these plumes of superheated, acidic water usually contain particulate matter, volcanic rock fragments, and sulphur, according to NASA. However, this should not be a problem for the resident sharks, which have adapted to thrive in the hot, acidic conditions. NASA satellite images show a plume of discoloured water being emitted from the Kavachi Volcano, which lies about 15 miles south of Vangunu Island, on May 14 The NASA Earth Observatory images were captured by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the US Geological Survey Power of underwater volcanoes...
    Tonga's volcanic eruption in January produced the strongest recorded waves from a volcano since the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, scientists say.  Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, created sound waves heard as far as Alaska 6,200 miles away when it erupted on January 15.  Researchers say the eruption was 'on a par' with Krakatoa, and the biggest explosion ever recorded by modern geophysical equipment.  It was significantly larger than every atmospheric nuclear bomb test, meteor explosion and volcanic eruption in history, including Mt. St. Helens in 1980 and Pinatubo in 1991.  Nasa Privacy Policy Just before nightfall reached Tonga, the eruption (lower left) sent atmospheric waves around the globe. Radar surveys before and after this month's eruption show only small parts remain of two Tongan islands above the volcano – Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, spewed debris as high as 25 miles into the atmosphere when it erupted in January  THE 1883 ERUPTION OF KRAKATOAThe 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people and radically...
    (CNN)Whenever I travel, I always try to catch the sunrise. There is something about watching light spill over a new place, every aspect just waiting to be explored.It reminds me of the concept in astronomy of first light, when a new telescope observes the universe for the first time. The James Webb Space Telescope won't begin capturing stunning, high-resolution views of the cosmos until this summer, but its initial test images are already revealing just how detailed our new perspective of the stars will be. We will witness light that has traveled from the distant universe across billions of years, staring back into a point in time that has never been seen.Perhaps the most exciting aspect is that we live in a time where amazing firsts happen frequently -- and this week was filled with them. It's enough to make you want to reach up for the sunrise.Read MoreAcross the universeThis is the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.We have finally looked into the heart of our galaxy and uncovered a...
    (CNN)The volcanic eruption on an island near Tonga in January was as powerful as the 1883 Krakatoa eruption in Indonesia, one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events on record.Scientists have begun to piece together what happened during the January 15 eruption of the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano about 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Tonga's capital that killed at least three people. The eruption has defied easy explanation and upended scientists' understanding of this type of volcano. Tonga eruption was hundreds of times more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA saysThe volcanic eruption sent rarely observed pressure waves around the globe for six days and unleashed an unexpected type of tsunami wave, according to two new studies published on Thursday in the journal Science. The huge plume of gases, water vapor and dust also created hurricane-strength winds in space, NASA said in a separate study published this week. Early data in the aftermath of the explosion suggested it was the biggest since the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines, but the Science studies, which involved 76...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samantha Moala recalls she was taking a shower at her home in Tonga when she heard what sounded like a gunshot so powerful it hurt her ears. As she and her family scrambled to their car to drive inland, ash blackened the sky. The world’s biggest volcanic eruption in 30 years sent a tsunami around the globe, and the first waves washed across the road as Moala drove to safety at the airport with her terrified husband and two sons. A volunteer with the Tonga Red Cross, Moala, 39, was soon attending to the cuts other people had suffered as they escaped, and giving them psychological support. She said about 50 of them stayed for two days at the airport until they got the all-clear to go back home. “People were all shocked,” she said. “But I got to mingle with them, help them, get them to be confident. It’s a small little island, and we got to know each other in two hours.” Three months after the eruption, Tonga’s rebuilding is slowly progressing,...
    Tonga's volcanic eruption will not plunge Earth into another 'Year Without a Summer' and will have a smaller cooling impact than first thought, a new study reveals. Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, spewed debris as high as 25 miles into the atmosphere when it erupted on January 15.  Some researchers had thought resulting particles in the Earth's atmosphere could trigger global cooling, leading to 'a Year Without a Summer' in 2023 – much like the one experienced in 1816.    But now, a Chinese team of researchers say January's event was 'not strong enough to have significant impacts on the global climate'. There will be a rather insignificant global temperature decrease by only 0.0072°F (0.004°C) in the first year after the Tonga eruption, they say.  Overall, results suggest the Tonga eruption will not be strong enough to overwhelm the longer term global warming patterns.   The January 15 eruption was so powerful it was heard as far away as Alaska and caused a tsunami that flooded coastlines around the Pacific It triggered a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, sending...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first two booms from the volcano were scary enough, but the third explosion was immense, sending everyone from the village running from their homes in a reaction that would save all but one of their lives. Even now, more than five weeks later, the children from Mango Island still often run or cower when they hear a thunderclap or loud noise. The small island in Tonga was one of the closest places to the Jan. 15 South Pacific volcanic eruption, an event so massive it sent out a sonic boom that could be heard in Alaska and a mushroom plume of ash that was seen in startling images taken from space. On Mango Island, every single home was destroyed by the tsunami that followed. All 62 survivors were rescued by boat and moved to Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, where they have been living together since in a church hall. Most of that time they’ve been in lockdown after Tonga experienced its first outbreak of the coronavirus. Two of the survivors described their experiences and...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga’s main internet connection to the rest of the world has finally been restored more than five weeks after a huge volcanic eruption and tsunami severed a crucial undersea cable. Three people in Tonga were killed by the Jan. 15 tsunami and dozens of homes destroyed. The fiber-optic cable is now fully operational again after being reconnected Tuesday, said Samiuela Fonua, the chairperson at Tonga Cable Ltd., the state-owned company that owns the cable. “It’s a huge relief when you know things have come to the end and are working well,” Fonua told The Associated Press. “It’s one step forward for the country.” Fonua said the crew aboard a repair ship replaced about 90 kilometers (56 miles) of cable that had been damaged by the tsunami. His company didn’t have enough spare cable, Fonua added, and needed to borrow some from other companies. The fix means that Tonga Cable can now focus on repairing a second severed cable to some of the outer islands to the main island, Fonua said. That cable runs close to...
    BANGKOK (AP) — With the first community outbreak of the coronavirus in the Solomon Islands spreading rapidly through the largely unvaccinated population, the Red Cross warned Thursday that the Pacific Island nation’s fragile health care system is at risk of becoming overwhelmed. The capital Honiara has only one small hospital and authorities have already turned a sports building into a field hospital and a football stadium into a vaccination center, said Clement Manuri, secretary general of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society. “What’s currently happening is they are trying to keep only people who are really sick with COVID-19, with difficulty breathing, in those facilities,” Manuri told The Associated Press in an interview from Honiara. “Otherwise the advice is for people who have tested positive to self-isolate in their homes.” The nation of some 690,000 is spread across hundreds of islands, and many are served by only small health care clinics or have no nearby facilities at all, Manuri said. “I think the fear now is if it goes to the villages it will be a very serious problem,”...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A month after an undersea volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami lashed Tonga, a U.N. official said Wednesday that 80% of the Pacific island nation’s 105,000 people were affected and the country needs over $90 million to start repairing damage and restoring its key farming and fishing sectors. Sanaka Samarasinha, the U.N. resident coordinator for Tonga, said during a virtual news conference from neighboring Fiji that “the anxiety hasn’t gone away with the receding waters of the tsunami.” Cyclone season is still in full swing, and there are almost weekly earthquakes in the region, the latest a magnitude 5.0 quake only a few hours earlier just 47 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital, Nuku’alofa, Samarasinha said. He said no damage had been reported. The Jan. 15 eruption left a thick layer of volcanic ash blanketing Tonga’s main island, tainting much of its drinking water. Several small settlements on outlying islands were wiped out, and the tsunami severed the sole fiberoptic cable that connects Tonga to the rest of the world. Four people died. Samarasinha said 14 U.N....
    Two of SpaceX's ill-fated Starlink satellites can be seen disintegrating over Puerto Rico in stunning new footage. The obliterated satellites, among about 40 that were brought down by a geomagnetic storm a week ago, are seen as sparkling white streams in the night sky.  The footage was captured by a camera in Añasco, Puerto Rico, operated by the Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe (SAC), a non-profit astronomy organisation.   As of February, over 2,000 Starlink satellites have been launched, as part of a constellation that provides satellite internet access to remote parts of Earth.  But SpaceX announced earlier this week that up to 40 of its latest batch of 49, launched on February 3 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will 'reenter or already have reentered the Earth’s atmosphere' and therefore be destroyed.  Starlink satellites are not very big – they're around 10.5 feet by 5.25 feet and weigh 573 pounds – so there is very little chance that anything of the objects will remain after reentering the atmosphere, meaning they won't hit people on Earth.  Artist's depiction of a Starlink satellite over...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Coronavirus cases continue to rise rapidly in Tonga, and tests have confirmed that the particularly contagious omicron variant is behind the isolated Pacific island nation’s first community outbreak since the start of the pandemic, officials said Thursday. Health Minister Saia Piukala told reporters that 31 more people had tested positive for the virus, nearly doubling Tonga’s active cases for the second day in a row to a total of 64, the online Matangi Tonga news portal and other media reported. While the number may seem small, the nation of 105,000 had managed to escape thus far without any infections aside from a single case brought in from a missionary returning to Tonga from Africa last October, which was successfully isolated. But with the deliveries of critically-important international aid following the Jan. 15 eruption of the massive undersea volcano and a resulting tsunami, two dock workers tested positive at the start of last week for COVID-19. Despite efforts to contain the outbreak, it has been spreading and is now being reported in more areas, Piukala said....
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk is helping reconnect Tonga to the internet after a volcanic eruption and tsunami cut off the South Pacific nation more than three weeks ago, according to officials, while repairs on an undersea cable are proving more difficult than first thought. The tsunami severed the sole fiber-optic cable that connects Tonga to the rest of the world and most people remain without reliable connections. A top official in neighboring Fiji tweeted that a team from Musk’s SpaceX company was in Fiji establishing a station that would help reconnect Tonga through SpaceX satellites. SpaceX runs a network of nearly 2,000 low-orbit satellites called Starlink, which provides internet service to remote places around the world. Fiji Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tweeted about the SpaceX work, saying the volcano’s shockwave “shattered Tonga’s internet connection, adding days of gut-wrenching uncertainty to disaster assessments.” A spokeswoman for Sayed-Khaiyum said Wednesday she was waiting for more information about the Starlink project before providing further details. SpaceX did not respond to requests for comment. Musk had earlier shown interest in...
    EAST PALO ALTO — For six days after a volcanic explosion and tsunami buffeted the islands of Tonga with devastating force, Tonga Victoria of East Palo Alto felt dread, panic and fear wash over her. Like many Tongans across the country, Victoria watched in horror on the morning of January 15 in Dayton, Ohio as reports came back from her homeland that Pacific Ocean waters had slammed into the island where her husband lived. The eruption of the underwater volcano near Tonga that Saturday was likely the biggest recorded anywhere on earth in the past three decades. Dramatic images from space-filled TV and phone screens the entire week showed a huge plume of gas, ash and smoke spewing into the atmosphere and tsunami waves were captured tearing through Tongan villages. To make matters worse, the undersea fiber-optic cables that connect Tonga to the rest of the world were severed, leaving no way for outsiders to communicate with the island. It was a nightmare, Victoria said. She tried everything she could to get in touch with her husband, who she was...
    Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua previously captured the hearts of fans watching the Summer and Winter Olympics, but he wasn’t at the Beijing Games’ opening ceremony on Friday. Taufatofua has been helping his home country recover from the devastating volcano and tsunami disasters that plagued the country last month. LIVE UPDATES: BEIJING OLYMPICS Flag-bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) "Three Olympics in a row I have been blessed with all of your kindness. The last two years, competition and travel has been non-existent," he wrote on Instagram this week. "Not everything is in our control. That said I embrace both the good and the bad as part of life, and I do so with a smile. This time I will not be sharing the Beijing Olympic Games with you all. But I continue with joy as I prepare to support all the Olympians who have worked so hard to represent...
    BANGKOK (AP) — For more than two years, the isolation of the Pacific archipelago nation of Tonga helped keep COVID-19 at bay. But last month’s volcanic eruption and tsunami brought outside deliveries of desperately needed fresh water and medicine — and brought the virus. Tonga is only one of several Pacific island countries to experience their first outbreaks over the past month. There is growing concern that their precarious health care systems might quickly become overburdened, and that the remoteness that once protected them may now make them difficult to help. “Clearly when you’ve got countries that have already got a very stretched, and fragile health system, when you have an emergency or a disaster and then you have the potential introduction of the virus, that’s going to make an already serious situation immeasurably worse,” said John Fleming, the Asia-Pacific head of health for the Red Cross. Tonga was coated with ash following the Jan. 15 eruption of the massive undersea Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano, then hit with a tsunami that followed. Only three people...
    The South Pacific island nation of Tonga entered a Chinese coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday expected to last at least 48 hours after health officials in the remote kingdom detected Tonga’s first-ever community transmission of the disease on Tuesday in two port workers, Reuters reported. Two people who work at a Tongan commercial wharf and three of their family members tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus on February 1, prompting Tongan health officials to order the entire nation into a two-day lockdown to contain the outbreak starting February 2. Tonga’s port has received increased shipments of foreign aid — from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, China, the U.S., the U.K., and France — in recent days after the archipelago suffered a double natural disaster in mid-January consisting of a volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami. Tonga’s government said Tuesday the “two wharf workers [who] had come down with COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] … were not on docks being used by foreign navies to deliver aid,” according to Reuters. A woman (C) carries a refilled gas container in the centre of the capital Nuku’alofa ahead of...
    Tsunami-stricken Tonga has suffered another devastating blow as the South Pacific island is plunged into a Covid lockdown sparked by an infected aid worker. Several Covid cases have been detected in the nation's capital city Nuku'alofa, marking the country's first ever outbreak of the virus.  Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said on Tuesday two cases were linked to the port, where humanitarian aid has been trickling in from overseas following the volcanic eruption and tsunami on January 14. Tonga has been plunged into lockdown due to a Covid outbreak sparked by aid workers. Pictured: Humanitarian supplies being unloaded at Fua'amotu International Airport, near Nuku'alofa Pictured: Tsunami waves begin to overwhelm coastal homes in Tonga last month after an ocean volcanic eruption  Another three cases have since been detected in a family, according to Tonga radio station Broadcom FM.  The country will enter lockdown from 6pm local time on Wednesday and will be reviewed every 48 hours.  'The most important issue at the moment is to slow down and stop those who have been affected,' Mr Sovaleni said in a press conference on Tuesday...
    (CNN)The Pacific island nation of Tonga has gone into lockdown after reporting its first community cases of Covid-19, weeks after a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated parts of the archipelago.Two positive cases were discovered among front line workers at a port in the capital Nuku'alofa, where aid continues to flow in to help with recovery efforts, Tonga's Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni announced in a press conference, according to local media Matangi Tonga. Tonga was one of only a small number of countries not to report a single Covid infection, having closed its borders in March 2020. In November, 2021, a traveler flying from New Zealand tested positive but was picked up in the country's quarantine hotel system. Still, Tonga went into lockdown following that case.Tonga's health minister Saia Piukala said on Tuesday the two men showed no Covid symptoms and were found following increasing testing of frontline workers at the port, Matangi Tonga reported. First images of Tonga volcano damage show entire communities covered in thick ashThe lockdown will start at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday and will...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Disaster-hit Tonga will go into lockdown Wednesday evening after the Pacific island nation reported two port workers who had been helping distribute international aid had become infected with the coronavirus. The urgent announcement by Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni appeared to confirm fears among Tongan officials that the aid pouring in following a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami last month could also usher in COVID-19 to a nation that had previously been living virus-free. Indeed, officials had expressed concerns to relief workers that an outbreak of the virus could represent a bigger danger to Tonga than the tsunami, which killed three people and left dozens homeless. Foreign nations have been lining up to deliver aid, with ships and planes arriving from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Britain and China. Those nations had promised to drop off their supplies of fresh water and medicine without coming into contact with anybody on the ground in Tonga, which usually requires incoming travelers to spend three weeks in quarantine. But the threat was underscored when dozens of sailors aboard...
    SAN BRUNO (KPIX) — The Bay Area’s Tongan community it redoubling their efforts to help their homeland after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. The Tongan community has rallied together to collect desperately needed supplies of food, water and medical supplies. READ MORE: Santa Clara County Marks 2 Years Since 1st COVID-19 Case; Revises Testing OrdersIn San Bruno, a coalition of religious organizations filled a 40-foot shipping container to send to the small island nation. “Food, water, goods, cleaning supplies — anything that you can think of that’s needed in the islands — is filled up behind me here,” said Edwin Latu, who is volunteering on behalf of Tsunami Relief for Tonga. The volcanic eruption left the island nation blanketed in ash and in great need of basic supplies. It also disrupted all forms of communication with the island. Despite that, a clear, unmistakable message has emerged — Tonga is in crisis and the cleanup and recovery efforts are likely to stretch over months and possibly years. “The outpouring of support from the international community has been really touching for...
    This king of the jungle appears to be having a bad hair day after waking up to a ruffled royal mane. Looking as though he had just got out of bed, this lion was pictured with his wayward lustrous locks at Glen Garriff Conservation in Harrismith, South Africa. Photographed by Simon Needham, who was patiently waiting for the perfect moment as the conservation's largest male woke up from a cat nap. The lion, called Tonga, can be seen looking slightly less than regal in the pictures Simon patiently waited for. Tonga is one of 77 lions at the conservation, all of which live out the duration of their lives in the sanctuary. Photographer Simon, who runs an Instagram page called @human.kind.photography, said: 'I shoot for many wildlife charities, this image was shot for GG Conservation in South Africa to help them promote themselves for fundraisers.  'I had to wait for Tonga to wake up from his nap but when he did he looked completely out of it so I had to capture that moment. 'I had to laugh, he looked...