Monday, March 23, 2009
An undersea volcano off the coast of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean is producing a rooster plume of steam. Ash from the volcano is floating on the ocean's surface. Hunga Tonga reaches only 149 meters above sea level.
The last known eruption was in 1988.
Flight passenger Steven Gates took these photos with his cell phone and wrote this note to his son:
I am at tongatapu airport…. just flew in from vava’u, and pilots pointed this out. Apparently it just popped up today! Near Hunga Tonga… you can see it in the photo. approx coordinates S 20º 27′ 73″ W 175º 25′ 61″ given to me by the pilots. These are probably the first photos of it. The pilots said the earlier pilots said nothing, and these guys just saw it for the first time this flight.
Video of the eruption:
Photos below by Dana Stephenson
at 10:56 AM Posted by traci lynn matlock