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Tonga hit by huge 6.2 earthquake just weeks after tsunami killed Brit animal charity worker


TONGA has been hit by a massive 6.2 earthquake about 136.1 miles northwest of Pangai.

The quake, which was at a depth of 9 miles, comes soon after the Pacific Island nation was devastated by a volcanic eruption that killed a British animal charity worker.

The earthquake struck 136.1 miles northwest of Pangai

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The earthquake struck 136.1 miles northwest of Pangai
Damaged buildings following volcanic eruption and tsunami in Nomuka, Tonga, January 17

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Damaged buildings following volcanic eruption and tsunami in Nomuka, Tonga, January 17Credit: Reuters
Locals are clean debris after the volcanic eruption and tsunami, in Nuku'alofa

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Locals are clean debris after the volcanic eruption and tsunami, in Nuku’alofaCredit: Reuters
Pictures showing parts of Tonga before and after the first eruption and tsunami

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Pictures showing parts of Tonga before and after the first eruption and tsunamiCredit: EPA
The extent of the devastation is slowly beginning to emerge

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The extent of the devastation is slowly beginning to emergeCredit: EPA

Angela Glover, 50, died trying to save her dogs after an undersea volcano erupted near the Pacific island earlier this month.

Satellite photographs show once lush green parts of Tonga turned brown and houses flattened.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service Pago Pago tweeted that based on available data there is currently not a tsunami threat to American Samoa from the earthquake.

The UK said yesterday the HMS Spey arrived in Nuku’alofa with 30,000 liters of bottled water, medical supplies basic sanitation, and baby products. 

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “Responding to humanitarian crises across the globe is a core part our of Armed Forces’ daily business.

“The crew and company of HMS Spey have demonstrated that this week by delivering this vital aid.

“The UK is a long-standing partner of the Pacific Islands and having the ship deployed in the Indo-Pacific meant that we could be there for Tonga in their hour of need, as the Island begins to rebuild their homes and communities.”

The Australian government said its ship had completed the 2,050-mile voyage from Brisbane.

It said in a statement: “We appreciate the decision of the government of Tonga to enable HMAS Adelaide to dock and offload the humanitarian and medical supplies, and the high priority it has placed on COVID safety throughout the recovery process.

“The ship is undertaking an entirely contactless delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies.”

DEVASTATION

Other before and after images show the island of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai has completely disappeared following the volcanic eruption.

The main island Tongatapu has been heavily affected, with water damage being visible to the northern and southern sides.

The government of Tonga described the nation as suffering an “unprecedented disaster”.

New Zealand air force images also show areas blanketed with ash and damaged buildings.

Tongan diplomat Curtis Tu’ihalangingie described the damage as “alarming” and said he feared more deaths.

“Possibly there will be more deaths and we just pray that is not the case,” he said.

Video has also emerged showing the powerful tsunami waves washing ashore, tearing down fences as people flee for their lives.

According to the Tonga government around 50 people live on Mango and so far 65-year-old woman living there has been confirmed dead.

The volcano which last erupted in 2014, has also caused damage to the islands of Uoleva and Nomuka.

Early data suggests the eruption was the biggest since Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines 30 years ago, New Zealand-based volcanologist Shane Cronin told Radio New Zealand.

An Australian Defence Force aircraft unloading supplies at Fua'amotu International Airport

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An Australian Defence Force aircraft unloading supplies at Fua’amotu International AirportCredit: AP
Brit charity worker Angela Glover was confirmed dead

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Brit charity worker Angela Glover was confirmed dead
A satellite image taken in April 2020 and an image taken after the volcano eruption shows the area covered in volcanic ash

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A satellite image taken in April 2020 and an image taken after the volcano eruption shows the area covered in volcanic ashCredit: UNOSAT
The volcano last erupted in 2014

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The volcano last erupted in 2014Credit: UNOSAT
Dramatic official aerial maps showed the eruption cloud over Tonga

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Dramatic official aerial maps showed the eruption cloud over TongaCredit: Tonga Meteorological Services, Government of Tonga
Smoking Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Jan 7

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Smoking Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Jan 7
Brother of British woman killed in Tonga tsunami, Angela Glover, pays tribute to sister as tragic death confirmed





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