The violent eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano caused serious damage on the island of Tonga and caused a tsunami warning in several countries on the Pacific coast.
Although several days have passed since the natural disaster, the inhabitants of the small island nation continue to deal with the consequences of the explosion.
One of the biggest drawbacks is that, at the moment, the entire island of Tonga is cut off from the rest of the world.
This is because the volcano’s eruption severely damaged the only submarine cable that connects the country with the rest of the global internet network. According to the local authorities, “both international and national communications were cut off due to the damage suffered by the submarine cable.”
According to the government, limited communication via satellite phones and high-frequency radio is possible for now, but these limitations make it difficult to assess the damage caused by the eruption.
The internet cable that connected Tonga with the network had an extension of 827 kilometers and is secured through a repeater in Fiji, one of the closest neighbors of the oceanic country.
The problem is that the repair of the cable could take up to two weeks, since the work requires the intervention of a ship that specializes in submarine cables.
In addition, the repair capacity of the ship would depend on any new volcanic activity, so this waiting period could be extended even further.
This situation has once again highlighted the fragility of the internet network in some isolated localities and how vulnerable they are in the face of an emergency of this type.