Tonga Volcano Impacts Air Traffic

Posted 16 January 2015 by in Top Stories

Flights Diverted by Volcano

TONGA – CLIMATE – An underwater volcano off Tonga is continuing to spew ash hundreds of metres into the air, exploding about every five minutes.

The volcano has been causing aviation re-routes and delays.

Tonga is north-east of New Zealand.

Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean south of Samoa, also known as the Friendly Islands, it comprises 176 islands, 36 of them are inhabited. Tonga is the only monarchy in the Pacific since Taufa’ahau (King George) in 1875 declared Tonga a constitutional monarchy, he also gave Tonga its first constitution.

In 1970 the former British protectorate acquired its independence. Almost two-thirds of Tonga’s population live on the main island Tongatapu, on which the capital city Nuku’alofa is located.

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