Aotearoa New Zealand responds to tsunami after volcanic eruption in Tonga

Tonga volcanic eruption

On Saturday, 15 January 2022, a powerful volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga triggered tsunami waves across the Pacific.

The volcanic eruption in Tonga, of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano, was so powerful that it was recorded around the world, and the subsequent tsunami flooded Pacific coastlines from Japan to United States.

In nearby Tonga, the deadly tsunami caused destruction and devastation, and cut off communication with the small Pacific island nation, making it extremely difficult to understand the full extent of the impact of the disaster. Worldwide, organisations like ChildFund are still waiting on more information, as communications with our Tongan partners remains challenging.

In New Zealand, the Council for International Development (CID) is working with the New Zealand Government to co-ordinate our collective response to the tsunami in Tonga.

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