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Tonga map: Early reports of damage from the volcanic eruption and tsunami

After a powerful underwater volcanic eruption on Saturday night near the island nation of Tonga, early reports gave an indication of the extent of its destruction. Tonga, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, is just 40 miles from the volcano and just over 1,000 miles off the coast of New Zealand.

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South-south Ha'apai volcano

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South-South people

Ha'apai volcano

New York Times

On Monday and Tuesday, the Royal New Zealand Defense Force and the Australian Defense Force sent reconnaissance flights, supply planes and ships to help with damage assessment and humanitarian efforts.

The card below incorporates initial reports from the Tongan government, which detailed deaths and injuries after the eruption triggered a tsunami that hit the nation and threw an ash fan thousands of feet into the air and covered the islands.

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Vava'u

Communication was

limited to satellite phones

after the eruption was destroyed

submarine cables.

15 meters (50 feet)

waves crashed

Ha'apai Islands.

Emergency preparedness was deployed

to the islands of Nomuka, Mango and Fonoifua

Tuesday, when an evacuation was underway.

Fonoifua ø

Only two homes are left.

Nomuka ø

A 49-year-old man died.

Extensive damage was reported.

Mango island

A 65-year-old woman died.

All homes were destroyed.

Tongatapu ø

15 meters (50 feet) of waves caused

extensive damage along

the west coast. Domestic only

phone calls were possible.

South-south Ha'apai volcano

Atata ø

Search and rescue operations began

Sunday. Residents were evacuated.

Kanokupolu

Officials said 21 homes

was destroyed and

35 severely damaged.

'vandø

Two homes were destroyed

and 45 severely damaged.

Kolomotu'a

Eight homes were destroyed

and 20 seriously injured

in this suburb of the island

capital, Nuku'alofa.

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Vava'u

Communication was

limited to satellite phones

after the eruption was destroyed

submarine cables.

15 meters (50 feet)

waves crashed

Ha'apai Islands.

Contingency was

sent to Nomuka, Mango,

and the Fonoifua Islands on Tuesday,

where an evacuation was underway.

Fonoifua ø

Only two homes are left.

Nomuka ø

A 49-year-old man died.

Extensive damage was reported.

Mango island

A 65-year-old woman died.

All homes were destroyed.

South-South people

Ha'apai volcano

Tongatapu ø

15 meters (50 feet) of waves caused

extensive damage along

the west coast. Domestic only

phone calls were possible.

Atata ø

Search and rescue operations

began Sunday. Farmers

was evacuated.

'vandø

Two homes were destroyed

and 45 severely damaged.

Kanokupolu

Officials said 21 homes

was destroyed and

35 severely damaged.

Kolomotu'a

Eight homes were destroyed

and 20 severely damaged therein

suburb of the island's capital.

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Vava'u

Communication was

limited to satellite phones

after the outbreak

broken submarine cables.

15 meters (50 feet)

waves crashed

Ha'apai Islands.

Fonoifua ø

Only two homes are left.

Nomuka ø

A 49-year-old man

died. Big

damage was reported.

Mango island

A 65-year-old woman died.

All homes were destroyed.

Tongatapu ø

15 meters (50 feet) of waves caused

extensive damage along

the west coast. Domestic only

phone calls were possible.

South-South people

Ha'apai volcano

Atata ø

Search and Save

operations began

Sunday morning

and an evacuation

the process has begun.

'vandø

Two homes were destroyed

and 45 severely damaged.

Kanokupolu

Officials said 21

home was

destroyed and 35

severely damaged.

Kolomotu'a

Eight homes were

destroyed and 20 seriously

damaged in this suburb

of the island's capital.

New York Times

Satellites captured the massive eruption. Among the many effects observed by scientists, about 400,000 lightning events were recorded in the 12 hours after the eruption.

Light data from Vaisala New York Times

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