• Hunga Tonga eruption put over 50B kilograms of water into the stratosphere

    6 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / The Hunga Tonga eruption started under water, yet still blasted straight through much of the atmosphere.
    In January this year, an undersea volcano in Tonga produced a massive eruption, the largest so far this century. The mixing of hot volcanic material and cool ocean water created an explosion that sent an atmospheric shockwave across the planet and triggered a tsunami that devastated local communities and reached as far as Japan. The only part of the crater's rim that extended above water was reduced in size and separated into two islands. A plume of material was blasted...
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