Damaged buildings after the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tongatapu, Tonga on Monday night.

According to Nasa, this month’s eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano was 100 times stronger than the atomical bomb left on Hiroshima.

Jim Garvin, senior scientist in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said the outbreak of January 15 “hundreds of times the equivalent mechanical energy of the Hiroshima nuclear explosion,” referring to one of two atomic bombs dropped on Japan by the United States during World War II.

According to preliminary estimates, the eruption emits energy estimated at somewhere between four and 18 Megatons.

After an eruption this month, the entire new state was intermingled with “large chunks” from two islands that already existed, international researchers said.

The explosion was more than 500 times stronger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

A volcanic plume has spread across all 170 of the nation’s islands, affecting the entire population of more than 100.000 people, according to Tonga’s premier.

Nasa says a new island made by the volcano in 2015 was wiped out by the eruptions.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research. (wikipedia)

Hunga Tonga

Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai is a volcanic island in Tonga, located about 30 km south of the submarine volcano of Fonuafoʻou and 65 km north of Tongatapu, the country’s main island. (wikipedia)

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