Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Reports of ‘significant damage’ in Tonga after eruption, tsunami | Volcanoes News | Al Jazeera



 There are reports of ‘significant damage’ in parts of the Pacific island nation of Tonga following Saturday’s massive volcanic eruption and tsunami with New Zealand and Australia preparing to send humanitarian assistance amid limited international communications.

New Zealand said a reconnaissance flight on Monday had shown heavy ash covering the runway of the main airport in Nuku’alofa, which would need to be cleared before aid flights could start.

The Tongan government has said that work is proceeding by hand and that it could be completed by Wednesday.

“New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga,” New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a joint statement with Defence Minister Peeni Henare, adding that imagery from the flight had also been shared with the authorities in Tonga “to aid in decisions about what support is most needed”.



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