Life on Tonga
Tonga, an island 1,243 miles northeast of New Zealand, has sparked the world’s attention through the Tongan volcano eruption, resulting in the creation of a new physical island.
On December 20, 2014 about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the Tonga capital Nuki’alofa,, the Tongan volcano began erupting for the first time in five years.
According to Discovery, the volcano erupted from two separate vents, one located on the uninhabited island of Hunga Ha’apai and the other 100 meters (328 feet) offshore below the water, resulting in a transformation in the Tongan landscape.
“The new island is more than one kilometer (0.6 mile), wide, two kilometers (1.2 miles) long and about 100 meters (328) high,” the ministry said.
“During our observations the volcano was erupting about every five minutes to a height of about 400 meters (1,312 feet), accompanied by some large rocks…as the ash is very…
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