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Tonga Volcanic Eruption Highlights the Crucial Role of Satellites During Natural Disasters

4 monthes ago   |   By Observer

Significant damages are being reported from Tonga this week, days after a huge volcano nearby violently erupted, causing earthquakes, a tsunami and a towering ash cloud that covered the entire Pacific island nation.
The Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano, located just 40 miles north of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, erupted on Saturday night. It was the biggest volcanic eruption recorded on Earth in more than 30 years.
Communication was completely cut off in the first hours after the eruption because the only undersea fiber optic cable that connects Tonga to the rest of the world was severed...
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