Powerful eruption of an underwater volcano Tonga, Following the tsunami, caused its first loss of life in that Pacific archipelago that was virtually isolated from the rest of the world due to a communications freeze.
The country, home to 100,000 people, was without telephone and internet connection as the disaster cut off an underwater communication cable, and it took two weeks to repair it. In addition, the gray cloud prevents the arrival of planes.
Information from that country comes with a droplet after the volcano erupted, causing a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean that caused two deaths and an oil spill in Peru.
The first death of a 50-year-old British woman who was swept away by the waves has been confirmed. Tonga. The family was informed by a satellite call from her husband, who manages the tattoo shop.
According to his brother Nick Ellini, the victim, Angela Clover, Died while trying to save the dogs from his shelter. Her husband “James was able to hang on to a tree for a long time, but Angela could not and was dragged away by dogs,” she said.
The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs warned Tuesday morning of a catastrophic signal in Tonga, a small, low-lying island in the archipelago of 30 people, according to the official census.
The spy planes confirmed “significant real estate damage” on the island and on another island called Phonoi, the office said, adding that it was unable to establish contact with its citizens.
Oil film in Peru
Saturday’s eruption was felt as far as Alaska and caused tidal waves across the Pacific coast from Japan to the United States and Chile.
Through images taken from space, the last eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’boi volcano was able to observe the moment a mushroom sent smoke and ash into the air and a shock wave through the surrounding ocean.
In Peru, the tsunami swept away two women on Saturday and they drowned. The oil spill in Gallo province forced the closure of three beaches, the cause of the incident.
Since the eruption, neighboring countries and international organizations have sought to assess the extent of the damage and the most urgent needs.
On Monday New Zealand and Australia sent spy planes and made C-130 military transport planes to deliver or land if the runways were deemed operational.
“We know there is an urgent need for water,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Artern, who said they relied on satellite phones to communicate with the country.
“We know nothing”
With communication stalled, Tongan people outside the country are actively trying to talk to their loved ones.
“I could not contact my family, no contact,” Filibo Modulalo, a journalist with the Pacific Media Network, told AFP. “Our house is already in the vicinity of the flooded area so we don’t know how much damage was done,” he said.
“The worst thing is darkness and we know nothing,” he added.
The Australian Minister for International Development, Zed Seselja, explained that his country’s police stationed in Tonga had sent a “rather worrying” situation report.
“Roads and some houses have been badly damaged, but the good news is that there is no significant damage to the airport (…),” the minister said.
“According to the information we have, the scale of the disaster could be huge, especially for the most isolated islands,” said Katie Greenwood of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Tonga was already cut off for two weeks in 2019 when the ship’s anchor severed the cable. To allow minimal contact with the outside world, a small domestically operated satellite service was established.
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