Thursday, March 19, 2009

PHOTO: Spectacular Underwater Volcanic Eruptions Off Coast of Tonga




An undersea volcano erupted off the coast of Tonga about six miles from the southwest coast of Tonga's main island Tongatapu. In this same area, there are up to 36 undersea volcanoes clustered together. According to this article from the A.P.:

Authorities said Thursday the eruption does not pose any danger to islanders at this stage, and there have been no reports of fish or other animals being affected.

Spectacular columns are spewing out of the sea about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu — an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, geologists said.

Trade winds continued to blow gas and steam away from the island Thursday.

Tonga's police deputy commander Taniela Faletau said coastal villages close to the roiling ocean site were not yet at risk and that no warnings had been issued.

Photo Source: AP

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