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This Volcano Eruption Was Equivalent To HUNDREDS Of Atomic Bombs

Love Exploring Logo By loveEXPLORING staff of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 43: The explosion from Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha‘apai on 15 January 2022 caused the largest volcanic eruption in the 21st century, with a blast so loud that it was heard 6,000 miles away in Alaska. It triggered tsunamis in Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Japan, the US and South America, with new research revealing that the strength of the blast shot gas and ash 35 miles (56km) up into the mesosphere – that's halfway to space – with a force equivalent to hundreds of atomic bombs going off. At least three people died in the blast and the island was left cut off from the world for more than a week. Read on to discover more of the most significant volcanic eruptions in the last decade...

Tonga volcanic eruption was the most powerful in the world

The explosion from Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha‘apai on 15 January 2022 caused the largest volcanic eruption in the 21st century, with a blast so loud that it was heard 6,000 miles away in Alaska. It triggered tsunamis in Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Japan, the US and South America, with new research revealing that the strength of the blast shot gas and ash 35 miles (56km) up into the mesosphere – that's halfway to space – with a force equivalent to hundreds of atomic bombs going off. At least three people died in the blast and the island was left cut off from the world for more than a week.

Read on to discover more of the most significant volcanic eruptions in the last decade...

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