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Wednesday 1 April 2009

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only a week after the massive eruption on Hunga Ha'apai on March 17-21, 2009, a group of four adventurers including a cameraman and an Italian golfer landed on the newly formed peninsula on the island and climbed up to the fragile rim of its volcanic crater, where there is a steaming sulphuric orange lake. But a volcanologist is now warning that the volcano remains extremely dangerous. Photos by GP Orbassano.
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Friday 20 March 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 7.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Tongan capital at 7:17 am today was followed by a smaller 5.2 magnitude quake at 9:33 am.
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Thursday 19 March 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bird sanctuary was destroyed in the eruption of Hunga Ha'apai.
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Wednesday 18 March 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Residents of Nuku'alofa woke up to the spectacular sight of a sprouting white cloud of volcanic smoke or steam, which could be seen clearly on the northern horizon from the Nuku'alofa waterfront this morning. Geologists who estimate the underwater eruption is 34 nautical miles away from the capital will try to get closer to the event tomorrow.
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Wednesday 28 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After thunderstorms and heavy rains eased this afternoon, a Tropical Cyclone Warning previously in force for Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua was cancelled and replaced by a strong wind warning.
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Tuesday 27 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Alert is now in force for Vava'u, Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua, the Tonga National Weather Forecasting Centre, Fua'amotu advised at 4:00pm today, Tuesday 27 January 2009.
Thursday 15 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Gale warning remains in force for most of Tonga this morning, Thursday 15 January 2009, with gusts of up to 50 knots forecast as an active trough of low pressure lies slow moving across Tonga.
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Monday 12 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
January this year has delivered some hot days for Tonga getting close to record temperatures, with more hot days forecast.
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Sunday 19 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong undersea earthquake was felt in Tonga, this evening at 6:10pm local time, with a tremor shaking houses in the capital for nearly two minutes.
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Wednesday 26 March 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku‘alofa experienced dark overcast skies this morning as thunderstorms dumped above average rainfall, flooding roads and homes in low-lying areas in just 24 hours.
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Saturday 9 February 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Defence Force's quick reaction team responded last night to several calls for help as low-lying areas around Nuku'alofa were submerged during the greatest rainfall ever recorded in the kingdom.
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Friday 8 February 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku‘alofa is experiencing flash flooding of low-lying areas, with water coming inside some homes, after thunderstorms this afternoon dumped almost a month's rainfall over Tongatapu in only seven hours.
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Monday 28 January 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong Wind Warning remains in force for Niuafo...’ou and Niuatoputapu as a trough of low pressure associated with a tropical depression over Fiji remains slow moving over Tonga.
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Thursday 10 January 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fishing boat was washed on a reef to the east of the Masefield Naval Base, in Nuku'alofa late this afternoon, the victim of a tropical depression that has lashed Tongatapu with strong winds and heavy rain during the past 48 hours.
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Sunday 9 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A magnitude 7.6 to 7.9 earthquake deep in the seabed north of the Kermadec Islands was felt in Nuku'alofa at around 8:30 pm Tonga time.
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Sunday 9 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Alert has been cancelled for central and southern Tonga as Tropical Cyclone Daman has weakened overnight and is expected to curve southwest away from Tonga today.
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Saturday 8 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical Cyclone Alert is now in force for most of Tonga as Severe Tropical Cyclone Daman moves away from Fiji on a southeast track and is expected to bring storms and damaging gale force winds to Tonga tomorrow, Sunday.
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Wednesday 18 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An earthquake measuring 6.3, epicentred about 600km south of Tonga this afternoon, was not felt in Tongatapu.
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Friday 6 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Cliff brought heavy rain and strong winds to the islands of Southern Tonga last night as it passed 125 km to the south of Fua'amotu at 4 am.
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Thursday 5 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Cliff moving away from Fiji toward the south of Tonga is expected to bring damaging gale force winds to Tongatapu and nearby small islands tonight.
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