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Tonga Volcano Was Equal to 1,200 Hiroshimas

Tonga volcano hiroshimaThe aftermath of the Hiroshima bombings during World War II. Credit: U.S. National Archives/Public Domain

The undersea volcanic eruption that took place in Tonga from January 13-15 was the equivalent of 1,200 Hiroshima bombs.

The South Pacific kingdom was rocked by the massive eruptions earlier this month after the volcano began showing signs of an impending event in late December 2021.

“This is a preliminary estimate, but we think the amount of energy released by the eruption was equivalent to somewhere between 4 to 18 megatons of TNT,” said Jim Garvin, NASA’s chief scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

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