HUNGA TONGA VOLCANO UPDATE(JAN. 15TH, 2022): TSUNAMI WARNING LIFTED BUT VOLCANO STILL MONITORED
The tsunami marine warning issued for all of Tonga waters following the violent eruptions of underwater volcano HUNGA-TONGA-HUNGA-HA'APAI has been lifted.
Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai erupted on Friday sending ash, steam and gas 20 kilometres into the air.
The volcano had been active from 20 December 2021 but was declared dormant on 11 January.
The head of Tonga Geological Services, Taaniela Kula, told RNZ Pacific that at 4am on Friday 15 January, an eruption was picked up on satellite.
Kula said the eruption on Friday was almost seven times bigger than the one on 20 December, bigger in terms of the radius of the plume that was scattered from the volcano, up to 250km away from the volcano radius.