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International aid reaches Tonga with clean water, supplies

Jan. 23, 2022 04:45 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Aid flights from Australia, Japan and New Zealand carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga over the weekend, as the Pacific nation grapples with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami. ...

Diplomat says Tongan survival story fits with events

Jan. 21, 2022 06:41 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The incredible story of a retired carpenter who survived overnight in the ocean after the Tonga tsunami swept him out to sea appeared to fit with events at the time, a New Zealand diplomat said Friday. “It’s one of these miracles that happens,”...

Resort guests raise money as world rallies to help Tonga

Jan. 21, 2022 03:40 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tranquil resort in Tonga sat behind a lagoon and reef break that was perfect for snorkelers and surfers alike. Guests who had never met before would sit together to eat delicious communal meals cooked by owner Moana Paea and her staff, or relax in rustic cabins...

Peru: 21 beaches polluted by spill linked to Tonga eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 20:28 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru declared an environmental emergency on Thursday after announcing that 21 beaches on the Pacific coast were contaminated by an oil spill at a refinery run by Spain-based Repsol, following surging waves caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga. ...

Cut off by volcano, Tongans relieved as contact restored

Jan. 20, 2022 12:08 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — As the massive undersea Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on Saturday, Tongans from around the world gazed on as their relatives livestreamed images of billowing clouds of ash, gas and steam emerging from beneath the depths. Then darkness. ...

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 12:02 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes...

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Jan. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. U.N....

EXPLAINER: Why Tonga eruption was so big and what's next

Jan. 19, 2022 01:04 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — People around the world looked on in awe at the spectacular satellite images of an undersea volcano erupting in a giant mushroom cloud in the Pacific. Many wondered why the blast was so big, how the resulting tsunami traveled so far, and what will happen next. New...

Fishermen protest after eruption causes oil spill in Peru

Jan. 18, 2022 20:37 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An oil spill on the Peruvian coast caused by the waves from an eruption of an undersea volcano in the South Pacific nation of Tonga prompted dozens of fishermen to protest Tuesday outside the South American country’s main oil refinery. The men gathered outside...

Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

Jan. 18, 2022 19:59 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion. And yet, despite sitting almost on top of the...