Tonga calls for ‘immediate aid’ after volcanic eruption, tsunami


Jan 16 2022

Tonga is calling for “immediate aid”, with an urgent need for fresh water and food, as it assesses the damage caused by Saturday’s eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai. The volcano exploded in a massive eruption on Saturday – said to be the biggest since Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 – triggering a tsunami and blanketing the Pacific island nation in volcanic ash. The appeal came as experts detected another eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai.Australia and New Zealand on Monday sent surveillance flights to assess the damage in Tonga and said they were coordinating with the United States, France and other countries on the humanitarian response.

Al Jazeera’s Phil Lavelle reports from Los Angeles – where an advisory is in place.

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