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Satellites capture the sonic boom, a giant smoke plume heard throughout New Zealand

US Stormwatch shared a tweet about a satellite capturing the eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano (Image: US Stormwatch / Twitter)

Tonga news agencies and meteorological agencies monitoring volcanic activity have witnessed activity at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai Volcano since January 3.

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  • Last updated:January 15, 2022 13:26 IST
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Hunga Tonga-A large eruption of Hunga Haapai volcano. Smoke that was high enough to be seen from a geostationary satellite spewed out. A widely disseminated tweet from US Stormwatch showed the eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano exploding into the sky shortly after the explosion.

Immediately after the explosion, a tsunami warning was issued to American Samoa. At the time of writing this report, there were no tsunami warnings in Australia and New Zealand. A video of the big ocean waves crashing against the beaches of Tonga was broadcast on Twitter. News18 was unable to verify the authenticity of those videos.

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai Volcano is about 70 km from Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga.

Immediately after the explosion, New Zealand-based weather website WeatherWatch NZ tweeted that the pressure released by the explosion was so great that a sonic boom was heard throughout New Zealand. We shared a tweet from MetService, the official New Zealand weather forecast and warning site. It is said that it recorded a large pressure surge due to the eruption.

“The energy release is simply amazing. Tonga is about 2000km away from New Zealand. Reports of people listening to sonic booms across New Zealand,” WeatherWatch tweeted. Fijian observers posted on social media sites that explosions and sonic booms could be heard from there as well.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano had already had an eruption, according to reports from the news agency Matangitonga and the Smithsonian Association’s Global Volcanic Activity Program.

Matangitonga reported that there was an eruption on Friday evening, but not as big as it was reported a few hours ago. The report emphasized that on Friday a team of Tonga geologists saw “a columnar eruption with a width of 5 km of ashes, steam and gas rising to an altitude of 18-20 km above sea level.”

Domestic flights to and from Tonga have remained canceled since Friday due to plumes and an ongoing volcanic eruption. The Global Volcanic Activity Program on the Smithsonian Association’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai Volcano page states that activity was recorded after January 3rd.

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Satellites capture the sonic boom, a giant smoke plume heard throughout New Zealand

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