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Friday 4 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's broken submarine telecommunications cable is not where it is supposed to be. A search last night by an ROV from the cable boat Reliance, could not locate the break, after it arrived in the area yesterday. By Linny Folau.
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Thursday 3 February 2022
Nomuka

Apia, Samoa
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is deeply concerned about the impact of the Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano eruption, and tsunami, on the people of Tonga, Director General, Mr Kosi Latu stated today. The events again highlighted the vulnerability of the Pacific region and its people to natural disasters. SPREP is working on ways to support Tonga during its environmental recovery and rebuilding phases.
Tuesday 1 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Breaking news: Tonga has recorded its first two COVID-19 positive cases today, among the front liners handling incoming cargo shipments, Tonga's Prime Minister announced in a urgent press conference at 9:00pm. tonight, Tuesday. Tonga now faces its first COVID-19 lockdown before full telcommunications have been restored, and businesses and homes and communities are left without working internet.
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Tuesday 1 February 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A possibility that Tonga’s shellfish, Kaloa’a, and reef fish may be contaminated and inedible following the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption has been a major concern for the CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi.
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Monday 31 January 2022
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Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has provided Tongan communities with more than half a million litres of fresh water and continues to transport much-needed aid to Tonga with a fourth Hercules flight scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday.
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Monday 31 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Damage estimated at nearly $39 million pa'anga was inflicted on Tonga’s agricultural sector by the Jan. 15 Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai eruption, which energised a tsunami and heavy volcanic ash fall over Tonga. While root crops that are ready to be harvested were not affected, the last season crops that were just sprouting were wiped out, said Viliami Manu, CEO for the Ministry of Agriculture.
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Saturday 29 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Tongatapu’s small business community met on Thursday Jan. 27, to discuss their concerns, amid an unfolding national catastrophe, following volcanic eruptions and devastating tsunamis, they slumped in chairs and their faces showed how seriously concerned, worried, exhausted and frustrated they are. But after all of that, what's really destroying them is the total failure of Tonga's international communications two weeks ago. Tonga's telecommunications authorities have put spectrum licensing roadblocks around the local private sector's ability to find relief in a commercial satellite broadband service solution. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Friday 28 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 95 children and youths, among the families evacuated from ‘Atata Island after the tsunamis destroyed their homes on Saturday Jan. 15, are currently staying at a Church Hall in Kolomotu'a, Nuku'alofa and also at a Hofoa evacuation station, where the Talitha Project is actively supporting their recovery from trauma. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 28 January 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“We were lucky that it was daylight when the tsunami happened and we fled to higher grounds,” said ‘Aliki Moavuka (53), a school principal, on the outer island of Fonoifua, one of the worst affected by the natural disaster in the Ha’apai Group.
Friday 28 January 2022
Moeaki

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Bank has donated USD$8 million to Tonga for emergency support due to the widespread damage caused by tsunamis generated by the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption on January 15.
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Friday 28 January 2022
Big Mama

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven people on Pangaimotu Island climbed into a fau tree as tsunamis ravaged the coast of the low-lying atoll on Jan. 15, following the massive explosion at Hunga volcano.
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Thursday 27 January 2022
Hunga explosion

Sacramento-CA, USA
Earlier this month, an underwater volcanic eruption near the Pacific Island nation of Tonga unleashed a sonic boom heard thousands of miles away, The explosion generated was really massive. The pressure wave from this has been recorded all around the world. The devastating wave and toxic ash from the eruption will have long-term impacts on life for residents of Tonga. By Ed Fletcher.
Thursday 27 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With a little help from the Tongan tug boat, the Australian Defence Force staff docked the HMAS Adelaide themselves, at Vuna Wharf in Tonga yesterday evening, after fears over COVID-19 transmission. There are 29 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on board the ship that berthed at 6:39 pm.
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Thursday 27 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two highly specialised ships need to come to Tonga – one to assess the current state of the Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai volcano, and another to repair Tonga's submarine fibre optic cable and restore communications with the world.
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Thursday 27 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This Australia Day we acknowledge the resilience and courage shown by Tonga, part of our Pacific family, following the devastating Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunami on 15 January. ‘I hono faka’ilonga’I ‘a e ‘aho fakafonua ‘o ‘Aositelelia ‘I he ‘aho ni, ‘oku mau tangane’ia ‘I he loto to’a mo e vave ‘a e ngaue ‘a Tonga ki he fakaakeake hiliange ‘a e faingata’a mei he puna ‘a e mo’ungaafi ‘I Hunga -Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai fakataha mo e peaukula ne hake ‘I he 15 ‘o Sanuali.
Monday 24 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The people evacuated from Mango island in Ha'apai are being brought to Tongatapu, to relieve pressure on Nomuka, where the whole population of Mango were moved last week, the new Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, said on Friday Jan. 21, at his second public briefing, following the Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha‘apai volcanic eruption and tsunamis that hit Tonga on Saturday Jan. 15. The government has declared two States of Emergency for the whole of Tonga, and outlined their responses during the briefing. By Matangi Tonga reporters.
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Saturday 15 January 2022
Hunga eruption

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of Tongan geologists who went out to observe the Jan. 14 eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano witnessed spectacular explosions on the dangerous mission on Friday afternoon. The pulsating explosions throughout the day were also viewed from weather satellites in space.
Friday 14 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today's eruption of the Hunga volcano, continuous for over 12 hours, reached 20km above sea level - the largest in a series of eruptions since December. Tsunami waves of up to 30cm were still being recorded at 6:00pm on the Nuku'alofa tidal gauge, according to the latest official monitoring reports.
Friday 14 January 2022
Embassy China

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Me‘a ‘a e Tangata‘eiki ‘Amapasitoa Siaina ki Tonga, Cao Xiaolin ‘i hono foaki ‘o e ngaahi Mīsini ki he Ngoué mo e Ngaahi Naunau ki he Akó mei he Pule‘anga FakaVahe ‘o e Vāhenga Guangdong, Lēpapulika ‘o Siainá ki he Pule‘anga ‘o Tongá. (Pulelulu, 12 Sānuali, 2022)
Friday 14 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four elected members of parliament were absent from the opening session of the new 2022-25 parliament yesterday, including the Speaker of the House Lord Fakafanua. No explanation was offered to the public for the absence of the Speaker and three others, at the swearing-in of newly elected members. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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