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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Tonga region at 06:40 UTC on January 27, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 14.5 km (9 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located about 219 km...

January 27, 2022

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Photos show Tonga covered in ash, 'all agriculture ruined' after tsunami impact

Photos from the Kingdom of Tonga show streets and buildings covered in heavy ash after the massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai on January 15, 2022. While streets and roofs can be cleared, tsunami waves, up to 15 m (49 feet) in some places, and heavy...

January 19, 2022

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First aerial pictures from the disaster zone after massive volcanic eruption in Tonga

The first aerial pictures have emerged from the disaster zone in Tonga after a massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022. Aerial pictures acquired on January 17 by surveillance planes sent by Australia and New Zealand have now...

January 18, 2022

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Tsunami waves up to 10 m (33 feet) high hit Ha'apai Islands, Tonga

The Tongan Navy has reported major damage in the Ha’apai Islands after the major eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022. Waves that hit Ha'apai Islands were estimated to be 5 - 10 meters (16 - 33 feet) in height, reaching...

January 18, 2022

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Tonga cut off from the rest of the world after massive volcanic eruption and tsunami

The Kingdom of Tonga remains cut off from the rest of the world after a massive volcanic eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'pai volcano some 65 km (40 miles) N of capital Nuku'alofa on January 15, 2022. A 1.2 m (4 feet) tsunami hit Nuku'alofa some 30...

January 17, 2022

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Height of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption reached 30 km (98 500 feet) a.s.l., Tonga

Eruptive column produced by the massive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga at 04:10 UTC on January 15, 2022, likely reached a height of about 30 km (98 500 feet) above sea level. The data is coming from Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite...

January 17, 2022

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Massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai produces huge shockwave and tsunami, Tonga

A massive eruption took place at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga at 04:10 UTC on January 15, 2022, producing a huge shockwave and a 1.2 m (4 feet) high tsunami. The eruptive cloud is reaching an altitude of at least 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea...

January 15, 2022

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High-level eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, tsunami warning issued, Tonga

Another high-level eruption started at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga at 15:20 UTC on January 13, 2022. A plume of gas and ash rose rapidly to an estimated height of 16.7 km (55 000 feet) above sea level by 17:42 UTC, according to the Wellington...

January 14, 2022

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Eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

Eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga started on December 19, 2021, and continued into 2022 although at a much lower intensity. The Aviation Color Code remains at Orange. Intermittent eruption with an ash plume rising up to 3 km (10 000 feet)...

January 03, 2022

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Acid rain warning for Tonga after massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai

Massive gaseous cloud produced by the eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga rose to an estimated altitude of 18 km (59 000 feet) above sea level, prompting Tonga Geological Services (TGS) to warn all citizens and tourists of possible acid rain...

December 22, 2021

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High-level eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, Tonga

A high-level eruption started at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, Tonga on December 19, 2021, with a volcanic plume rising up to 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level at 21:41 UTC, according to the Wellington VAAC. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red....

December 20, 2021

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Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Tonga region at 22:28 UTC on April 25, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 234 km (145 miles). EMSC is reporting as M6.5 at a depth of 242 km (150 miles). The epicenter was located 200 km (125...

April 26, 2021

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Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Tonga region at 01:13 UTC on October 1, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 35 km (22 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 38 km...

October 01, 2020

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga region at 15:32 UTC on July 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 14.4 km (8.9 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 144.6 km (89.9 miles)...

July 18, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Harold" aftermath: Widespread destruction across Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

Tropical Cyclone "Harold" lashed Tonga on Thursday, April 9, 2020, after leaving major destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji. Harold is the first Category 5 severe tropical cyclone to form in the South Pacific basin since 2018 and so...

April 09, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Harold" leaves a trail of destruction across Vanuatu and Fiji -- passing over Tonga

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Harold" left a path of destruction across Fiji on April 8, 2020, just 2 days after its devastating impact on Vanuatu -- the country's second-strongest cyclone on record. Harold's eye is passing just south of Tonga at 22:00...

April 08, 2020

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Samoa Islands region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit the Samoa Islands / Tonga region at 16:06 UTC on March 17, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS initially reported it as M5.8. EMSC still reports it as M5.8 at a depth of 9 km...

March 17, 2020

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Ha'apai in urgent need of repair after passage of Category 3 Tropical Cyclone "Tino" - Tonga

The center of Severe Tropical Cyclone "Tino" passed over Tonga on January 18, 2020, as a Category 3 cyclone. Luckily, it only grazed the capital Nuku'alofa, previously expected to suffer a direct hit. Tino's eye passed between the Ha'apai Group...

January 20, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Sarai" forms near Fiji, landfall expected at Category 2 strength

Tropical Cyclone "Sarai" formed near Fiji on December 26, 2019, as the second named storm of the 2019/20 South Pacific cyclone season. The cyclone is expected to continue intensifying, reaching Category 2 strength late December 27, SSW of Nadi, Fiji. Sarai...

December 26, 2019

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Tonga region at 13:04 UTC on December 6, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 164 km (101) WNW of Hihifo...

December 06, 2019

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga at 23:03 UTC on November 11, 2019, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M5.9 The epicenter was located 147 km (91 miles) W of Neiafu and 251 km (156 miles) N of Nuku'alofa, Tonga....

November 12, 2019

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Satellite imagery: Metis Shoal (Lateiki) eruption creates new island, Tonga

A new underwater eruption at Tongan Metis Shoal volcano, also known as Lateiki, the source of a massive amount of pumice detected in August 2019, resulted in the creation of a new island by the end of October. This volcano is known for the creation of new islands....

November 11, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Tonga at 22:43 UTC on November 4, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 miles). The quake hit 53 minutes after M6.1 (CSN; M6.0 USGS) near the coast of Coquimbo, Chile. It was followed...

November 04, 2019

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Submarine eruption at Lateiki (Metis Shoal), Tonga

The Aviation Color Code for Lateiki volcano, previously known as Matis Shoal, was raised to Orange at 21:20 UTC on October 14, 2019, after several observations confirmed eruption in progress. Real Tonga pilots flying between Tongatapu and Vava'u observed the...

October 17, 2019

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Metis Shoal volcano starts erupting, Aviation Color Code Orange, Tonga

A white plume was observed rising up to 5 km (17 000 feet) above sea level over underwater Metis Shoal volcano, Tonga at 22:06 UTC on October 14, 2019. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1995 (VEI 2). The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange - the...

October 15, 2019

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Underwater eruption near Fonualei Island, Tonga

A new underwater eruption took place near Fonualei island in the Tonga archipelago on August 7, 2019. The eruption was first reported on August 7 when large clouds were observed 'on the horizon at the location of Fonualei volcano.' "The plume continued...

August 19, 2019

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Tonga

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit off the coast of Tonga at 21:56 UTC on June 16, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). This earthquake can have a low humanitarian...

June 15, 2019

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March rainfall in Nukuʻalofa extremely above average, Tonga

Nukuʻalofa, capital of Tonga, received 451.11 mm (17.7 inches) of rain during the month of March, more than double the average for the month and the 4th highest rainfall on record for March. Enhanced rainfall continued across the country in March, except...

April 18, 2019

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Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Tonga at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Tonga at 23:08 UTC on December 23, 2018 (12:28 LT, December 24). The agency is reporting a depth of 100.2 km (62 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 111 km (69 miles). This earthquake can have a low...

December 24, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Tonga at 08:33 UTC (21:33 LT) on November 10, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter...

November 10, 2018

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Extremely dangerous Category 4 Tropical Cyclone "Gita" slams into Tonga

Tropical Storm "Gita" passed near Samoa and American Samoa on February 10 and 11 dropping heavy rain and causing flooding and widespread damage. Gita reached Tonga on Monday evening, February 12, 2018 (local time) as Category 4 tropical cyclone with...

February 12, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Tonga at 12:00 UTC on October 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 46 km (28.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located...

October 18, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga at 14:04 UTC on October 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ is reporting M5.7 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 154.3 km (95.9...

October 08, 2017

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Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Tonga region at 17:42 UTC on June 25, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 38.3 km (23.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

June 25, 2017

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Strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits Fiji - Tonga region

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Fiji - Tonga region at 17:28 UTC on February 24, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 396.1 km (246.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 400 km (248.5 miles). According to the USGS, the...

February 24, 2017

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Submarine eruption detected near Tonga

A new submarine eruption is taking place about 30 km (18.6 miles) north of Tonga's main island Tongatapu. It seems to have started on January 23, 2017. According to GeoNet, this volcano has been called 'Submarine Volcano III' in historic reports....

January 31, 2017

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Tonga at 13:41 UTC on July 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 140 km (87.0 miles) NE of Hihifo, Tonga, 176 km (109.4 miles) SW of Apia,...

July 10, 2016

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered near Tonga, Pacific Ocean

USGS registered strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake near Tonga, Pacific Ocean at 12:25 UTC on July 6, 2015. Preliminary report mentions depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located 76 km (47 miles) NE of `Ohonua, 83 km (52 miles) ENE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga and 798 km (

July 06, 2015

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Deep M6.5 earthquake registered near Ndoi Island, Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered as M6.5 by USGS hit near Ndoi Island, Fiji at 21:28 UTC on June 21, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 563.5 km (350.1 miles.). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 553 km (343 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter w

June 21, 2015

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga

A shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered by Geoscience Australia off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga at 11:07 UTC on June 12, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). Preliminary report by USGS mentions M6.3 at a depth of 28.6 km (17.8 miles).According to t

June 12, 2015