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.


Got something to say? **Please Note** - Comments may be edited for clarity or obscenity, and all comments are published at the discretion of ChattahBox.com - Comments are the opinions of the individuals leaving them, and not of ChattahBox.com or its partners. - Please do not spam or submit comments that use copyright materials, hearsay or are based on reports where the supposed fact or quote is not a matter of public knowledge are also not permitted.