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Eruption of Volcano in Tonga Creates New Island

Recent Volcanic Eruption in Tonga gave rise to a new island, but it seems that it will disappear on Wednesday, according to one scientist.

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Volcanic Eruption In Tonga Creates New Island
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The volcano has been erupting for a month in the ocean about 40 miles northwest of the capital Nuku’alofa. It created disturbance in the international air travel for several days in the Pacific archipelago last week.

Volcanologist of New Zealand, Nico Fournier said he travelled using boat to within half a mile of the new island on Saturday to get a closer look.

“It’s quite an exciting site, you get to see the birth of an island,” he said. “Visually it was quite spectacular, but there was no big sound coming with it, no boom. It was a bit eerie.”

He said that once the volcano stops eruption, it won’t take more than a few months by the ocean to erode the island completely. He adds that the island needs to be made of lava or other durable substance to survive.

Working for the New Zealand agency GNS Science, Fournier states that was able to establish that the volcano was mostly expelling steam into the atmosphere, and that the small amount of ash it was erupting was not rising more than 1.2 miles.

According to Fournier, the ocean around the island is probable to be shallow, maybe only around 100 – 200 meters or 328 to 656 feet deep. He also added that there is no name chosen for the new island yet, but confirms that any rights to set a name for the island is the right of the Tonga’s king.

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