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Monday 13 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tofua volcano monitoring continues, with Tonga Geological services (TGS) reporting today, 13 May, that four jump events were recorded since the last report yesterday morning, with the most recent event at 05:46 AM.
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Thursday 9 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tofua volcano activity continues with an increase in the number of daily events, from 6 events to 12 events, in the latest report by Tonga Geological Services issued at 6:30 am this morning, 9 May. Fluctuations in the ground thermal levels are currently low and approaching normal thermal levels in the last 24 hours.
Wednesday 8 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tofua volcano has significantly decreased the number of events, from 13 events to six events for 24 hours up to 6:30 am this morning, 8 May. The latest event was recorded at 01:06 am local time this morning, 8 May 2024.
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Friday 3 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The aviation community was issued a Yellow ACC alert to be vigilant today while magmatic activities on Tofua volcano are continuing. There were a total of 13 events recorded over the last 24 hours, additional to the seven events in the previous report, the Tonga Geological Services, reported today, 3 May.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All Tonga's mariners were alerted today to give the Tofua Volcano a wide berth while thermal anomalies continue to be observed. Vessels in the area should sail no closer than 1.08 nautical miles from Tofua today, 1 May, Tonga Geology Services (TGS) advised. The latest update from HIMAWARI-9 Satellite shows no ash/dust cloud has been released from the Tofua Volcano since the last report issued at 6:30 am yesterday, 30 April, however, monitoring continues.
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Monday 29 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An ash cloud was observed being emitted from the Tofua Volcano rising to a height of 4km - 6km on Sunday 29 April 2024 at 10:00pm, and recorded by the Japanese weather satellite HIMAWARI-9. Tonga Geological services reported that the volcanic activity, which commenced on Friday, 26 April, has exhibited an unusual pattern, with continuous monitoring revealing fluctuation in event frequency. A Marine Hazard Alert was issued today advising all Mariners to sail beyond 1.08 nautical miles from Tofua Volcano until further notice.
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Thursday 18 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Early warning systems are essential to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in Tonga. “Timely and accurate warnings save lives, protect livelihoods and preserve the fabric of our communities," said the Acting CEO of MEIDECC Mr. Vatulele Tuputupu at a stakeholders consultation in Nuku'alofa today.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Collaborative efforts by stakeholders are needed to address Tonga's disaster management, with proper and timely responses, especially where there is a need for evacuation and when people are displaced.
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Tuesday 16 April 2024
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Wellington, New Zealand
Skilled soldiers from New Zealand and overseas will deploy to Tonga later this month, to assist local communities with various projects and help increase their resilience to natural disasters during Exercise Tropic Twilight.
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Wednesday 20 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory remains in force for Ha'apai land areas tonight as a trough lies over Ha'apai and is approaching Vava'u tonight.
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Friday 26 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong to damaging gale force winds, and scattered thunderstorms, with heavy rain, will affect the Tongatapu, Vava'u, Ha'apai, and 'Eua group by today, until the weekend, Tonga Meteorology forecasts.
Friday 19 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An upgrade to Tonga’s Seismic Network will cover five strategically positioned stations at Nukuhetulu, Tongatapu; Mt. Talau Vava’u; Hihifo, Ha’apai; Niuafo’ou High School, Niuafo’ou; and Hihifo. Niuatoputapu, where upgrades to infrastructure will help to better monitor and detect earthquakes. The work is being funded by the World Bank through the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP).
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Friday 19 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake, located close to Vava'u and felt in Nuku’alofa at 11:12am this morning, Friday 19 January 2024, is posing no tsunami threat, Tonga Meteorological Service, advised.
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Thursday 18 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two years on, very few tourism businesses have recovered from the impact of the HTHH volcanic eruption and tsunamis that hit Tonga in January 2022. At the time, it was forecast that the disruption to tourism would be felt for at least two years, but now it is clear that it will take much longer for the industry to bounce back after the multiple shocks of recent years. "Recovery is rather slow," says Ministry of Tourism CEO, Viliami Takau. But he is determined that Tonga can build back tourism better.
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Thursday 18 January 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake, felt in Nuku'alofa at 5:49 pm today, 18 January 2024, posed no tsunami threat, Tonga Meteorological Service, advised.
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Wednesday 17 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory are in force for Tongatapu, Vava'u, Ha'apai, and 'Eua, the Fua’amotu Weather Forecasting Centre advised this morning, Wednesday 17 January.
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Friday 22 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two merging magma chambers caused the massive eruption of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga Hunga-Ha’apai underwater volcano in 2022, scientists have found in a recent study. Researchers discovered three magma chambers, two of which fed the record-shattering eruption, they say.
Monday 18 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Meteorological Services (MET), forecasts cloudy periods, light showers and mainly fine weather for the next 10 days for Tongatapu and 'Eua. However, for the two Niuas, there is a 50 - 90 per cent chance of rain or heavy showers from 18 - 22 December.
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Friday 15 December 2023
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Dubai, UAE
“Whilst we didn’t turn the page on the fossil fuel era in Dubai, this outcome is the beginning of the end,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell in his closing speech, as COP28 concluded, on Tuesday, 12 December, at Expo City Dubai.
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Friday 15 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS) this morning donated cash assistance of $500,000 for 632 families who were affected by the 2022 HTHH tsunami, in Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha’apai, in partnership with the Tonga Development Bank (TDB) who will distribute the cash assistance.
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