Volcanic ash prevents Tonga from landing planes carrying relief supplies from New Zealand BBC. The central airport in the country’s capital is not accepting flights due to the problem.
New Zealand authorities said it would take days for army ships to reach the islands with the supplies they were carrying.
The tsunami also damaged an undersea cable, cutting the country off from the rest of the world. Water scarcity is currently the most serious problem Tonga Saeed Nanaya Mahout, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand.
a tidal wave It formed after an underwater volcanic eruption near the archipelago on Saturday. The roar of the volcano can also be heard in New Zealand, two thousand kilometers away. The inhabitants and the king fled from the waves, and the dark clouds of smoke in the area blocked the sun.
Reports in Tonga say the roar could be heard underwater while the sun was covered in dark clouds of smoke. Satellite images showed a five-kilometer-wide column of ash, steam, and gas that rose to a height of about twenty kilometers. Darkness covered parts of Tonga.
Scientists detected massive explosions, thunder and lightning near the volcano at the start of Friday’s magma spill.
On Monday, the Hong-Tonga-Hongia Hapai volcano Another blastIt was discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
(Cover image: Tonga’s volcanic ash zone, January 17, 2022. Photo: Publisher/New Zealand Defense Force/AFP)