Images capture Tonga before and after eruption

A satellite captured images before and after a volcanic eruption off the South Pacific island of Tonga, which caused the volcanic island of Ha'apai to disappear almost entirely.

The Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Saturday (January 15), triggering a tsunami on the shores of Tonga and cutting off phone and internet lines for the entire island.

The images taken on Saturday (January 15) by Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite, around 12 hours after the eruption, showed the uninhabited volcanic island had disappeared following the blast.

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