Monday, March 23, 2009

The submarine explosion of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai

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


Justine said...

Those are really some explosions, girls! Not a perfect substitute for sex and nakedness, natch, but a lovely change of pace (NOT if you lived there, to be sure!)

I haven'y visited you two in many months -- my bad AND my loss!

Hope life is treating Rose & Olive very well these days!

Hugs, Justine

Alexandre Patrick said...

HOLY! What the! YESSSS!