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US News: Two emergency help aircraft finally arrived in Tonga after eruption

Tsunami alert in the Pacific after a volcanic eruption

 Tsunami alert in the Pacific after a volcanic eruption Tonga-volcano / (TV): Tsunami alert in the Pacific after a volcanic eruption Sydney, January 15 (Reuters) - The eruption of a submarine volcano On the offshore Tonga Islands triggered a tsunami alert in several Pacific archipelagos, where waves reaching a high meter were reported. According to the American Tsunami Monitoring Center and Australian Meteorological Services, 1.2 m high waves hit Nuku'alofa, the Tonga capital, located 65 km north of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano. .

  Deux avions d’aide d’urgence enfin arrivés aux Tonga après l’éruption © Copyright 2022, Obs

The first aircraft carrying emergency assistance and communication devices landed on Thursday, January 20 at the Tonga Islands , Cut of the world five days after an eruption and a devastating tsunami.

Eruption of a submarine volcano and tsunamis in the Pacific: Important Damage to Tonga

The Pacific Little Nation has been isolated since the eruption on January 15, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, one of the most powerful In the world for decades, which caused heavy damage as well as the breakdown of the communications cable connecting the country to global Internet and telephone networks.

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Communication equipment and water cans

According to the authorities, Australian and New Zealand military aircraft landed on Thursday at the archipelago's main airport on the island of Tongatapu. The day before, after working days, the track had finally been cleared from the five to ten centimeter volcanic ash layer that made it unusable.

"lander! Exclaimed the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja, welcoming the arrival of a C-17 carrier with "indispensable humanitarian supplies". "A second C-17 is on the way," he added.

The considerable damage of the eruption and tsunami in Tonga seen from the sky

New Zealand also confirmed the arrival of its military aircraft. "The aircraft carries [...] the cans of water, kits for temporary shelters, generators, hygiene kits, and communication equipment," said New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nanaia Mahuta.

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The first images from Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga, show buildings covered with ashes, collapsed walls and streets strewn with rocks, tree trunks and other debris. About 84,000 people, more than 80% of the Tonga population, were affected by the eruption of the volcano and the following tsunami, indicated the United Nations.

The archipelago faces an urgent need for drinking water. "The water reserves through the Tonga have been severely affected by the fall of ashes and the salt water of the tsunami," said Katie Greenwood, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. According to her, there is "a growing risk of diseases such as cholera and diarrhea".

"Devastated Agriculture"

Tonga's food reserves may not be sufficient. "All agriculture is devastated," said the President of the National Assembly, Fatafehi ​​FaKafanua. Since planes can land again, many nations have proposed their help. Japan announced the sending of two C-130 aircraft. Other countries, including China and France have also announced their assistance.

Partially Restored Communications with Tonga

 Partially Restored Communications with Tonga Tonga-Volcano Islands / (Photo, TV, Graphic): Partially Reinstated Communications with Tonga Islands January 20 (Reuters) - Communications with Tonga Islands were partially restored Wednesday night After the volcanic eruption and the tsunami occurred last weekend, while the humanitarian aid sent by Australia and New Zealand should arrive Thursday in the archipelago.

The images of the volcanic eruption of a rare violence in Tonga

The strict measures designed to prevent the entry into the country of COVID-19, which has so far spared it, will remain in force. The help will be delivered without any physical contact, and crews and passengers will have little time on the ground.

The help will also arrive by the sea. Two New Zealand ships, the "Wellington" and the "Aotaroa", carrying drinking water and a desalination unit that can provide 70,000 liters a day, should arrive at Tonga Friday. Australia intends to set up the "Adelaide" military ship the same day with, on board, water purification equipment and two helicopters of Chinook heavy maneuver.

An unprecedented disaster

The Tonga government has described the "unprecedented" disaster eruption, stating that waves reaching up to 15 meters high destroyed all homes in some islands. Three people were killed.

After the Tonga Islands eruption, the communications damaged during "at least" one month

the volcanic eruption, heard until Alaska more than 9,000 km away. A 30 km smoke mushroom has dispersed ashes, gas and acid rain on the 170 islands that Tonga count.

This rash caused a huge pressure wave that crossed the planet, moving at a speed of 1.231 km / h, according to the Nova Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmosphere. It will take at least four weeks for the Tonga internet connection to be restored by the subcom American cable.

New earthquake in Tonga .
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred on Thursday off the Tonga Islands. © Tonga Red Cross Society / Reuters A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred on Thursday offshore Tonga Islands, announced the American Seismological Institute (USGS), a devastated archipelago mid-January by a volcanic eruption followed a tsunami . The earthquake took place at 06:40 GMT at a depth of 14.5 km to 219 kilometers northwest of the city of Pangai, a city on the island of Lifuka.

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