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What Science Tells Us About Tonga's Volcanic Eruption

A massive undersea eruption off the coast of the Pacific island nation is believed to have packed the power of 10 megatons. It possibly was one of the world's largest volcanic events in the past 30 years. Not only was Tonga smothered by ash, but a tsunami generated by the explosion flooded its islands with water. People along the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean and Mediterranean have also been impacted by the volcanic shock waves. Learn more as well as what happens next.

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What Science Tells Us About Tonga's Volcanic Eruption
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    The Power and Devastation of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai Volcano

    EXPLAINER: Why Tonga eruption was so big and what's next
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    EXPLAINER: Why Tonga eruption was so big and what's next

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — People around the world looked on in awe at the spectacular satellite images of an undersea volcano erupting in a giant mushroom cloud in the Pacific. Many wondered why the blast was so big, how the resulting tsunami traveled so far, and what will happen next. New …

    NASA scientists estimate Tonga blast at 10 megatons
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    NASA scientists estimate Tonga blast at 10 megatons

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    NPR - Geoff Brumfiel

    NASA researchers have an estimate of the power of a massive volcanic eruption that took place on Saturday near the island nation of Tonga. "We come up with a number that's around 10 megatons of TNT equivalent," James Garvin, the chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, told NPR. That …

    Tonga volcano: New images reveal scale of damage after tsunami
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    Tonga volcano: New images reveal scale of damage after tsunami

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    BBC News

    New pictures have emerged from Tonga, revealing the damage wreaked by tsunami waves triggered by an undersea volcano. They show the Pacific islands blanketed in a layer of volcanic ash, while in coastal areas the waves have torn down trees and ripped buildings apart. Saturday's tsunami left at least …

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