Communication with the Tonga group of islands is minimal, because the communication cable was damaged by the explosion.
An Australian minister said: “At the moment – fortunately – we do not have reports of large numbers of casualties. This is of course very good news. But there is still very little or no information from the outer islands of the archipelago.”
Australia and New Zealand sent surveillance planes to Tonga to assess the damage. Meanwhile, relief efforts are underway. New Zealand has already promised the island 500,000 New Zealand dollars (about 300,000 euros) for first aid measures.
This weekend, a powerful eruption of a volcano near Tonga in the Pacific Ocean triggered a tsunami. In Peru, more than 10,000 km from Tonga, two women drowned on the beach due to abnormal waves, Peruvian authorities reported. Dozens of people had to be rescued on the southern coast of Peru. Here was a slight flood.
The eruption of the volcano near Tonga was so large that it can be measured anywhere in the world by the difference in air pressure. The volcanic eruption also caused a tsunami, which was recorded in many countries in the Pacific Ocean or on the Pacific Ocean.
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