With 600 plus magnitude 5 or higher earthquakes, and more than 20 of them being mag 6 or greater in the last 12 months it must come as no great surprise the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano happened in the volatile region of the Tonga Trench on Saturday. The big question now is what impact will the eruption have to the Tonga region and our planet?
The population of Tonga is around 110,000 but understandably contact with the island is at the moment very difficult. The blast size is also not known yet but some experts are comparing it to something in the region of 1,000 times the size of the Hiroshima nuclear explosion in Japan during the war.
Sunday, 16 January 2022 Just another volcano eruption in a catalogue of recent geological disasters! We are not prepared for what is coming and neither are our governments, experts or scientists! The "Day After Tomorrow" is coming–The big question is... Will you be ready? Will you be next?
The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano sent shockwaves across the South Pacific, yesterday. The underwater volcano erupted off the island of Tonga blasting rocks, ash and steam an incredible 60,000ft, almost 20km into the sky which will have a cooling climate effect for at least the next couple of months and depending on the duration and size of the eruption could cool the planet. The shock wave from the eruption reverberated around the world smashing windows hundreds of 'kms away and causing flooding from a tsunami thousands of 'kms away, Bill Laughing-Bear mailed me saying his cabin rocked from the explosion thousands of miles a way in Alaska!
The fledgling new year has already surprised many scientists and experts as 2022 begins its first baby steps into the unknown.
Record number of major quakes starts off the new year!
It is very early days indeed but halfway through January 2022 and our planet is throwing quite a few surprises our way! On the 11th of January, two powerful major quakes, a mag 6.8 and a mag 6.6 rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The two major quakes,(mag 6 or higher) in Alaska brought the total to 11 in the first 11 days of 2022 which is quite a start to the year, well—it's a record, going back further than 1900. As far as I can see from the USGS data base 11 major quakes in first 11 days of a year has never happened before. And, it hasn't stopped, this morning a magnitude 6.6 rocked the Sunda Straight in Indonesia bringing the total to 12 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) in the first 14 days of January, 2022.