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Volcanic (Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai) eruption in Tonga, near Nuku'alofa

  1. Dec 30, 2014 #1

    Astronuc

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    The same volcano which erupted out of the Pacific Ocean, 63 kilometres north of Nuku'alofa in 2009, creating an island. We somehow missed this in 2009.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunga_Tonga
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Tonga_undersea_volcanic_eruption
    17px-WMA_button2b.png 20°34′S 175°23′W / 20.57°S 175.38°W


    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64548453/Big-volcanic-eruption-near-Tongas-capital
    http://matangitonga.to/2014/12/30/hunga-haapai-eruption-continues

    http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=243040

    It looks like that island, or volcano, is getting bigger.

    http://www.vulkaner.no/v/volcan/submarin/hunga.html
    Cool video of 2009 eruption.
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014
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    Time to crank up "historical imagery" in Google Earth.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2014 #3

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    I didn't know volcano eruptions could happen without anyone noting it for a week.
     
  5. Dec 31, 2014 #4

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    It was noted by locals , obviously just not widely publicised

    my bold
     
  6. Dec 31, 2014 #5

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    Looked it over with Google earth just for a "big picture" context of a major geological event; floods and landslides make obvious major changes when comparing photos from different dates, so this should be dramatic, right? Got a couple photos of "steam" from fissures drifting downwind that look like a smoldering dump fire, no dramatic change of reef structures. This is a little bitty event.
     
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