Tonga: The UN stands ready to provide support after volcano eruption and tsunami

Asha Bajaj
2 min readJan 19, 2022

#UN; #Environment; #Volcano; Tsumami

An island in the Pacific Ocean (Archive). Image credit: Bernard Spragg

New York: Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his deep concern after reports of a tsunami and ash affecting Tonga following the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific nation.

The UN chief also aired his concern about the tsunami warnings that have been issued in other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United States.

“The United Nations offices in the Pacific are closely monitoring the situation and are on standby to provide support if requested. The Secretary-General is grateful to countries that have already offered their support”, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement published on Saturday.

According to the Tonga Geological Services, a massive underwater volcano erupted just before sundown on Friday with plumes reaching more than 12 miles above sea level. A cloud of ash and steam reached about 150 miles across, an event captured by satellite images that have been shared by various meteorological agencies.

Update as of 16 January 2022

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed on Sunday that a tsunami wave of 1.2 meters hit the…

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Asha Bajaj

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