Déjà vu: Might Future Eruptions of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Volcano be a Repeat of the Devastating Eruption of Santorini, Greece (1650 BC)?
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The remote Pacific islands nation of Tonga (about 170 is- lands, with a population of 105 000), and surrounding countries, are suffering from the damage from one of the largest, most ex- plosive volcanic eruptions in at least several decades, at least since the 1991 eruption of Pinatubo in the Philippines. The data is still coming in from the Jan. 15, 2022 eruption. Initial reports show (remarkably) few casualties, but the islands are still (as of this writing) inaccessible because of thick volcanic ash cover- ings, loss of communication networks, and damage to the main airport. Initial reports are optimistic, but the observations and data are sparse. Tonga needs help, immediately. - Journal of Earth Science
Lava flowing from Spain's Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced the evacuation of 5,500 people and destroyed around 100 houses but the streams were advancing slower than originally predicted, authorities said on Monday. The flow of molten rock will not reach the Atlantic Ocean on Monday evening as earlier estimated, an official said. Experts say that if and when it does, it could trigger more explosions and clouds of toxic gases. "The movement of lava is much slower than it was initially ... There has not been a large advance during the day," local emergency coordinator Miguel Angel Morcuende told a press briefing on Monday evening. He said the stream had made its way about halfway to the coast .This was just a few hours after Morcuende said that that the Carnarys were safe and that this was just a good show. - Reuters
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