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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands

Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands
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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands

New land emerged in the South Pacific nation of Tonga after the dramatic eruption of an undersea volcano.

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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands
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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands

By March 20, 2009, activity had slowed at the site of the undersea eruption in the Tonga Islands.

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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands
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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands

The submarine eruption in the Tonga Islands remained visible late in the day on March 18, 2009.

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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands
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Submarine Eruption in the Tonga Islands

On March 18, 2009, the Tonga Islands submarine eruption appeared as a blue-green blur under the water. A pumice raft floated on the nearby ocean surface.

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