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satellite images have revealed the devastation caused by the 'once-in-a-millennia' underwater volcanic eruption at the weekend.
The peak of Hunga-Tonga, which has been visible above the ocean since eruptions in 2014/15 formed a new island, has been almost entirely destroyed with just a few scraps of land visible through clouds in images taken Sunday.
Tongatapu has also been badly damaged with water inundating the northern shoreline - facing the volcano - and water damage also visible on the southern side of the island.
An airfield in the southeastern corner of the island also shows signs of water damage, suggesting the wave was able to penetrate at least two miles inland from the coast.
Similar damage is also visible in coastal areas on the islands of Uoleva and Nomuka, with lesser damage to the coastal areas on Uiha island. Ash deposits are visible on all islands, as debris from the eruption rained form the sky.
Two New Zealand navy vessels will arrive in Tonga on Friday, carrying much-needed water and other supplies for the Pacific island nation reeling from a volcanic eruption and tsunami, and largely cut off from the outside world.
Hundreds of homes in Tonga's smaller outer islands have been destroyed, and at least three people were killed after Saturday's huge eruption triggered tsunami waves, which rolled over the islands causing what the government has called an unprecedented disaster.
With its airport smothered under a layer of volcanic ash and communications badly hampered by the severing of an undersea cable, information on the scale of the devastation has mostly come from reconnaissance aircraft.
"For the people of Tonga, we're heading their way now with a whole lot of water," Simon Griffiths, captain of the HMNZS Aotearoa, said in a release.
originally posted by: Dutchowl
a reply to: japhrimu
What struck me as odd was we had reports of the explosion and then later they said to have video of a prior explosion which wasn't reported until later.
And then coincidentally they ran a story yesterday of how they're tracking a large asteroid as it makes a close pass by of Earth.
I think they don't want to admit they aren't nearly as able to spot and predict these impacts and can't track them and give any warning. They're now trying to make up asteroids they claim to know about and want us to believe they can give us some advanced warning. They can't.