New Tonga Eruption

This just in from my dad Steven Gates:

I am at tongatapu airport…. just flew in from vava’u, and pilots pointed this out. Apparently it just popped up today! Near Hunga Tonga… you can see it in the photo. approx coordinates S 20º 27′ 73″ W 175º 25′ 61″ given to me by the pilots. These are probably the first photos of it. The pilots said the earlier pilots said nothing, and these guys just saw it for the first time this flight.

Photos by Steven Gates

14 Responses to “New Tonga Eruption”

  1. Reinaert Albrecht Says:

    I took the liberty to postprocess the pictures so as to clarify more detail:


  2. Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai erupts « The Volcanism Blog Says:

    [...] post and pictures can be found here, and Eruptions has all the facts and background [...]

  3. Brian May Says:

    As a geology student at The Open University in the UK I much appreciate your post. To be there when it happens ! And in the S Pacific rather than , say, iceland. Luxury.



  4. Olivier Says:


    I heard an eruption occured on the island of Tofua. A frriend of mine is there by himself and I can’t get in contact with him. Do you know if it’s true? Any news about this?

    Thanks for your answer

  5. Mark Says:

    Some pictures my brother in law took. What a sight to wake up to!


  6. Ken Hudnut Says:

    Is there any indication that the volcanic eruption changed character in association with the M 7.9 earthquake that was about 200 km SSE? The photos and reports are great - thank you! This link has the earthquake’s time and location, etc. —

  7. Ulrich Kueppers Says:

    Hi to Steven and Reinaert,
    I am very curious about a feature that can be seen in the foreground of the vent area in “image1″ of Reinaert: there are 3 lines of (probably) smoke. Could you please send me the picture in a higher resolution to
    A big thanxx in advance from Munich, Germany.

  8. Reinaert Albrecht Says:


    I just took the picture you see above and ‘enhanced’ it with the GIMP (photoshop alike program). There are some more high detail pictures here:

    I guess the guy who took the pictures can give you a higher resolution image.

  9. Bjoern Heinemann Says:

    Hello to Mark,

    the pictures your brother in law took are amazing. Do you know the place from which the image”VolcanoTonga2.jpg” was taken?

    Thank you very much, Bjoern.

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