Thursday, March 19, 2009

'No living thing left' after violent South Pacific eruption

A volcano with dual vents is raising a lot of hell in the Tonga Island chain near New Zealand. It's erupting violently (one vent underwater, the other on the uninhabited islet of Hunga Ha'apai), spewing poisonous gas and hurtling rocks into the air, possibly sparking earthquakes which prompted tsunami warnings in the region.

Though one of the big quakes registered a brutal 7.9 on the Richter, it only generated a 4-centimeter wave. (
New Zealand News 3)

On the island of Hunga Ha'apai, the volcano has pretty much wiped out anything that was there. Said one science observer, "there are only black stumps where the coconut trees were… we saw dead birds and fish in the water… there is no living thing left there." (
Straits Times)

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