The eruption of the underwater volcano in the South Pacific region on Saturday was so loud that many Tongans could not hear and had to give signalling to one another during the evacuation exercise, an eyewitness has reported.

“The first explosion … our ears were ringing and we couldn’t even hear each other, so all we do is pointing to our families to get up, get ready to run,” said journalist Marian Kupu told Reuters news agency.

Ten megatons of TNT is 500 times stronger than Hiroshima’s atomic bomb at the end of WWII, if that doesn’t sound like much.

The seismic explosion had been sighted from the South Pacific, where Tonga is located, to Alaska, and was probably the loudest event on Earth in almost 140 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Michael Poland, according to NPR.

Tonga national rugby league team

READ MORE:  Thousands clear of worst floods in Australia for decades

The Tonga national rugby league team represents Tonga in rugby league football. They are currently the fourth ranked team in the world. The team was formed to compete in the 1986 Pacific Cup, (wikipedia)

2022 Hunga Tonga eruption and tsunami

A very large eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai, a volcanic island of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean, began on 14 January 2022. Hunga Tonga is 65 km north of Tongatapu, the country’s main island. (wikipedia)