Scenes of a submarine volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga.

Satellite images collected over a period of 2 hours show the ash and vapors emitted following the volcanic eruption.


Images taken by Himawari 8, Japan’s meteorological satellite.

In this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)


The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

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