Near the Islands of Tonga erupting underwater volcano

Underwater volcano near Tonga erupted during the week, according to scientists. On 31 January, the plume of steam above the volcano were seen by the geographers of the University of Auckland. The volcano is located about 46 km North-West of the state capital of Tonga.

Satellite images show that the underwater eruption is still ongoing. Satellite images obtained by NASA, confirm that volcanic activity since January 23, indicating that the eruption lasted for more than a week. Volcanologists warn that “underwater eruptions can pose a hazard to navigation”.