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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga – An undersea volcano erupted off the coast of Tonga shooting clouds of smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet (meters) into the sky above the South Pacific ocean, officials said Wednesday.
Spectacular columns spewed out of the sea about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu — an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, said Tonga's geological service head, Keleti Mafi.
"It's a very significant eruption, on quite a large scale," he told The Associated Press.
Originally posted by pluckynoonez
reply to post by stikkinikki
Is this a potential ring-of-fire-precursor whammy?
updated 2:31 a.m. MT, Mon., March. 16, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's Mount Redoubt is rumbling again and geologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory increased the official alert level to orange, the stage just before eruption.
A significant eruption did not appear imminent, geologists said Sunday, but they cautioned that conditions could evolve rapidly.