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A volcano in Indonesia released the world’s highest plume on record

A volcano in Indonesia released the worlds highest plume on record

January 17, 2022, Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga: A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following Saturday's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations said, prompting particular concern for its inhabitants. The uninhabited volcanic island of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai all but disappeared following the blast, according to satellite images. FILE IMAGE SHOT ON: January 14, 2022: Viewing Eastward at Hunga Ha'apai in the forefront and Hunga Tong, a wide plume column of ash, steam, and gas rises to an altitude of 18-20km above sea level. (Credit Image: © Tonga Geological Services/ZUMA Press Wire Service)

(ORDO NEWS) — The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Haapa volcano near the Indonesian island of Tongatapu broke several world records at once, reports New Scientist.

So, this volcano released the highest plume in the history of observations. Its height was 57 kilometers above sea level.

Thus, the Tonga plume was the first to manage to rise above the stratosphere and hit the mesosphere, located at an altitude of up to 80 kilometers.

The volcanic eruption caused 590 thousand lightning, and its power was equivalent to the power of 100 bombs dropped on Hiroshima. In addition, the tsunami he caused reached the shores of Japan.


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