Tonga volcano eruption was largest ever recorded in over a century, scientists say

Atmospheric pulse from eruption was as powerful as 1883 Krakatoa eruption, researchers say

Vishwam Sankaran
Tuesday 17 May 2022 19:03
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The Tonga Volcano Was the Largest Explosion of the 21st Century

The Hunga Tonga volcano eruption in January was the largest explosion ever recorded in the atmosphere in over a century, scientists have explained.

The explosion of the volcano in the South Pacific was the biggest ever recorded by modern geophysical equipment, said a study published last week in the journal Science.

The atmospheric pressure wave produced by Hunga Tonga – which erupted on 15 January – was said to be about a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped by the US on Hiroshima during the Second World War, according to Nasa.

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