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Tonga hit by tsunami after underwater volcano eruption


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Depth: 170 km

Distances: 248 km NE of Dili, Timor Leste / pop: 150,000 / local time: 03:25:52.4 2021-12-30

127 km NNE of Lospalos, Timor Leste / pop: 17,100 / local time: 03:25:52.4 2021-12-30


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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 277 km ENE of Labuan Bajo, Indonesia / pop: 188,000 / local time: 11:20:24.3 2021-12-14

109 km N of Maumere, Indonesia / pop: 47,500 / local time: 11:20:24.3 2021-12-14

Residents flee in panic as Indonesia’s Semeru volcano erupts

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Indonesia’s Semeru volcano on Java island has erupted, spewing thick columns of ash high into the sky and triggering panic among people living nearby.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from Saturday’s eruption.

Videos shared by the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed residents running as towering smoke and ash blanketed some nearby villages in Lumajang district in East Java province.

The sudden eruption was accompanied by a thunderstorm and rain, which pushed lava and smouldering debris and formed thick mud that destroyed at least one bridge connecting two main villages of Pronojiwo and Candipuro, as well as hampering the evacuation, Lumajang district head Thoriqul Haq told TV One.

“Thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness,” Haq said, adding that several hundred people were moved to temporary shelters or left for other safe areas.

Television reports showed people running in panic under a huge ash cloud, their faces wet from rain mixed with volcanic dust.

The 3,676-metre (12,060-foot) Semeru, the highest on the country’s most densely populated island, had last erupted in January, with no casualties.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines. Indonesia has about 128 active volcanoes.

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Depth: 110 km

Distances: 269 km E of Loja, Ecuador / pop: 117,000 / local time: 05:52:13.8 2021-11-28

45 km NNW of Barranca, Peru / pop: 5,700 / local time: 05:52:13.8 2021-11-28


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 267 km N of Ajman City, United Arab Emirates / pop: 490,000 / local time: 16:08:39.0 2021-11-14

62 km NNW of Bandar Abbas, Iran / pop: 352,000 / local time: 15:38:39.0 2021-11-14