New Footage Shows Ash-Covered Buildings and Damage in Tongan Capital

Footage filmed in the Tongan capital of Nuku`alofa on January 20 shows buildings covered with ash, as well as damage to properties and infrastructure.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on Saturday evening, January 15, triggering tsunami waves up to 15 meters, according to information released by the Tongan government.

At least three people were killed, including a British national, a woman from Mango Island and a man from Nomuka Island. The government said a number of injuries had also been reported.

Dozens of properties were damaged across the islands, with all houses on Mango Island completely destroyed. Water supplies were seriously affected by volcanic ash, according to the government.

Video livestreamed by Broadcom Broadcasting by Marian Kupu on January 20 shows ash-covered buildings and roads in Nuku`alofa. Photographs posted on the same day by Kupu show more ash-covered buildings and damage to properties near the coast. Credit: Broadcom Broadcasting by Marian Kupu via Storyful

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