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A volcano in Tonga has spawned a new island.  Consider it a limited edition.

A volcano in Tonga has spawned a new island. Consider it a limited edition.

Volcanic eruptions are not new to Tonga. Much of the Polynesian nation – an archipelago of more than 170 islands – owes its existence to volcanic activity, which created its chain of western islands thousands of years ago. The Home Reef, an active underwater volcano in the region, is the mother of a handful of …

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The underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha

50 Million Tons Of Water Vapor From Tonga Eruption Could Warm Earth For Years

More than eight months after the underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on January 14, scientists are still analyzing the impacts of the violent outburst and finding it could be warming the planet. Recently, researchers calculated that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apa eruption spewed 50 million tonnes (45 million metric tons) of water vapor into the Earth’s …

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A plume of volcanic explosion from the Hunga Tonga eruption in January 2022.

The 50 million tonnes of water vapor from the Tonga eruption could warm the Earth for months

More than eight months after the underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on January 14, scientists are still analyzing the impacts of the violent outburst and finding it could be warming the planet. Recently, researchers calculated that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apa eruption spewed 50 million tons (45 million metric tons) of water vapor into the atmosphere, …

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A plume of volcanic explosion from the Hunga Tonga eruption in January 2022.

The 50 million tonnes of water vapor from the Tonga eruption could warm the Earth for months

More than eight months after the underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on January 14, scientists are still analyzing the impacts of the violent outburst and finding it could be warming the planet. Recently, researchers calculated that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apa eruption spewed 50 million tons (45 million metric tons) of water vapor into the atmosphere, …

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The underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha

50 Million Tons Of Water Vapor From Tonga Eruption Could Warm Earth For Years

More than eight months after the underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on January 14, scientists are still analyzing the impacts of the violent outburst and finding it could be warming the planet. Recently, researchers calculated that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apa eruption spewed 50 million tons (45 million metric tons) of water vapor into the atmosphere, …

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Undersea volcano eruption in Tonga was a 'once in a lifetime event' that could warm Earth's surface, scientists say

Undersea volcano eruption in Tonga was a ‘once in a lifetime event’ that could warm Earth’s surface, scientists say

When an underwater volcano broke out in Tonga in January, its watery explosion was huge and unusual – and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts. The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, spewed millions of tons of water vapor into the atmosphere, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Researchers …

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Hunga Tonga eruption sent more than 50 billion kilograms of water into the stratosphere

Hunga Tonga eruption sent more than 50 billion kilograms of water into the stratosphere

Enlarge / The Hunga Tonga eruption started underwater, but still passed through much of the atmosphere. In January this year, an underwater volcano in Tonga produced a massive eruption, the largest this century. The mixture of hot volcanic material and cold ocean water created an explosion that sent an atmospheric shock wave across the planet …

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