Tonga Islands: Danger of toxic rain from volcanic eruption

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A volcano erupted in the Tonga Islands and formed toxic cloud which may cause acid rain throughout the Pacific kingdom.

The cloud threatens to poison the drinking water and cause damage to the skin and eyes of the inhabitants, warned today the emergency services.

The isolated Hanga Tonga Hanga Haapai volcano erupted on Monday, creating an ash column that reached a height of 18 kilometers. The volcano is located on an uninhabited island, about 65 km north of Nuqualofa, the capital of Tonga. The last time it was activated was in 2015.

The phenomenon did not cause any injuries, but there is a warning that the ash and gases from the volcano may cause acid rain as they mix with water in the atmosphere.

Airlines were advised to avoid the area until recently, which forced Air New Zealand to cancel a flight from Auckland to Nuqualofa on Tuesday.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, AFP

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