A series of satellite images show the severe destruction caused by the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano in the Tonga archipelago.
The satellite images were published by the company Maxar Technologies, specialized in space innovation, and show how the Pacific Ocean “swallows” the island of the volcano, which practically disappears after the eruption.
In the records you can see how the column of smoke rises from the island, while the shape of the territory gradually changes.
Subsequently, the island, formed of magnetic rock, is covered with ash and lava, ceding more and more land to the ocean until it disappears completely.
As a result of the eruption, the country issued a tsunami warning, which materialized moments later with large waves hitting houses and traveling through the streets.
The emergency forced security agencies to evacuate King Tupou VI after his palace was also flooded.
The images shared by Maxar also show how the waves destroyed the port of Tonga, Nukualofa, identified as one of the buildings most affected by the emergency.
It should be remembered that Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai erupted on Friday, January 14, spreading ash, steam and gas 20 kilometers into the air, after registering intermittent activity since December last year.
The territory that received the first impact of the disaster was the island originated by the volcano, located 30 kilometers from one of the islands that are part of the Tonga archipelago.
The eruption of the underwater volcano also caused tsunami alerts to be issued in coastal territories as far away from Tonga as Chile, Ecuador and Peru; In fact, this last nation registered two fatal victims who drowned as a result of the increase in the waves.