Spectacular Undersea Volcano Erupts off Tonga Coast (Video)

March 19, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Spectacular footage has been captured of an undersea volcano that has been erupting for days off the coast of Tonga shooting clouds of smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet (meters) into the sky above the South Pacific ocean. The eruption took place about 6 miles from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu — an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered. (Video below)

For now the eruptions don’t appear to be a danger to any of the coastal villages nearby or to wildlife despite the presence of volcanic ash on the ocean surface. However, neighboring island Fiji could be hit with “large amounts of pumice” on their southern coast islands, making for a very gritty sort of beach day.


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