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(CBS News)   Since the twin disasters took out nearly all of its communications infrastructure, we haven't gotten many dramatic pictures or videos out of Tonga, but after the volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami, the island is farked UP   (cbsnews.com) divider line
    More: Sad, New Zealand, Volcano, Pacific island nation of Tonga, Island, Pacific Ocean, U.N. Office, new images, patchy satellite phone connections  
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2022-01-18 1:29:11 PM  
Yeah, until you can land a plane load of medical supplies and run a supply ship in what is left of the harbors, you got no idea. Unless someone's got a case hardened laptop and back up Sat comm
 
2022-01-18 2:14:36 PM  
I'm surprised it's not *more* f*cked up.
 
2022-01-18 2:33:11 PM  
From what I read they've only been able to find one working satellite phone on the island. AND they are trying to coordinate "no contact" relief efforts as Tonga has only had ONE case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Good luck and Godspeed.
 
2022-01-18 2:35:17 PM  
I wonder if my Tonga approval stamps have gained more money?
 
2022-01-18 2:36:40 PM  
Tonga only pawn in game of life
 
2022-01-18 2:39:43 PM  
500 miles from fiji and 2000 from basically anyone else. Its gonna be a while before major help is arriving
 
2022-01-18 2:39:50 PM  
Is there enough ground transportation on the island?

Maybe we should send some Tonga Trucks.
 
2022-01-18 2:40:03 PM  

weaklingrecords: From what I read they've only been able to find one working satellite phone on the island. AND they are trying to coordinate "no contact" relief efforts as Tonga has only had ONE case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Good luck and Godspeed.


I think that would be the least of their problems.
 
2022-01-18 2:41:36 PM  
The Brady Bunch never should have taken that cursed tiki statue
 
2022-01-18 2:42:21 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: weaklingrecords: From what I read they've only been able to find one working satellite phone on the island. AND they are trying to coordinate "no contact" relief efforts as Tonga has only had ONE case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Good luck and Godspeed.

I think that would be the least of their problems.


A Covid outbreak on the island when everything is this farked up would be a massive problem.
 
2022-01-18 2:44:44 PM  
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/sorry
 
2022-01-18 2:47:07 PM  
Australia's HMAS Adelaide and New Zealand's HMNZS Wellington and HMNZS Aotearoa were ordered to be ready for a possible aid request from Tonga, which lies three to five days' sailing away.
Article does not say whether ships are going nearby, or are waiting in Australia for the paperwork to request them.
 
2022-01-18 2:49:27 PM  
Twin disasters?  You mean like Mary-Kate and Ashley?

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/I'll leave now...
 
2022-01-18 2:49:46 PM  
"Tonga's airport was working to remove volcanic ash from the capital's runway. Australia said the ash must be cleared before it can land a C-130 military plane with aid."

Time to parachute-drop pallets of wheelbarrows and shovels?
 
2022-01-18 2:50:24 PM  

weaklingrecords: AND they are trying to coordinate "no contact" relief efforts as Tonga has only had ONE case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.


Well that SUCKS
 
2022-01-18 2:51:18 PM  
Time to rebuild just in time to be inundated by the rising seas of Climate Change.
 
2022-01-18 2:51:28 PM  
The satellite video of the volcano explosion and resulting shockwave was pretty dramatic.
 
2022-01-18 2:52:07 PM  
There were something like 100,000 people living on the main island before the disaster, and they've had problems getting drinkable water for three days already. They're going to need water, medical supplies, food, and (probably) shelters. Immediately, if not sooner.

It will take Oz and NZ at least four or five days to get relief ships to Tonga. I'd read somewhere NZ was planning on landing C-130s loaded with medical supplies and water-purification systems to help alleviate the immediate problems until ships can arrive. The port facilities are probably not in good shape, so those ships will have to be capable of off-loading without much shore support.

I'm assuming it will take a week or more for any US assistance to arrive. favorited! a carrier off the coast and use helicopters to deliver aid and perform rescues if needed. Even the flat-deck amphibs can carry a huge amount of cargo, and the USN could provide UNREP support to all the relief ships supplied in order to keep aid in place for as long as possible. All it would take is someone at the Pentagram to issue the orders to get that started.
 
2022-01-18 2:54:34 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Is there enough ground transportation on the island?

Maybe we should send some Tonga Trucks.


Nice one.

The people of Tonga have been hit hard, but they're unbreakable.
 
2022-01-18 2:56:13 PM  
WTF? Why the filter?

Oh. p/l/o/n/k is somehow "bad". I suppose British slang for cheap alcohol could be "bad", but the word also means "drop" or "place".
 
2022-01-18 2:56:41 PM  
Mother Nature gives no farks about the human race.
 
2022-01-18 2:57:53 PM  
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TOUS

(Tigers of unusual size)

 
2022-01-18 2:59:03 PM  

Wenchmaster: WTF? Why the filter?

Oh. p/l/o/n/k is somehow "bad". I suppose British slang for cheap alcohol could be "bad", but the word also means "drop" or "place".


it's also a word used as a byword for ignoring/blocking someone, discussion of which is against the rules.
 
2022-01-18 3:05:49 PM  

2wolves: [Fark user image 339x250]
TOUS
(Tigers of unusual size)


Those rocks are keeping tigers away.
 
2022-01-18 3:05:53 PM  

Wenchmaster: WTF? Why the filter?

Oh. p/l/o/n/k is somehow "bad". I suppose British slang for cheap alcohol could be "bad", but the word also means "drop" or "place".


It was used for a long while on here to signify placing some irredeemable trash troll onto ones ignored list. I guess too many mod-pet trolls got their feelings hurt and the word got put on the filter list.
 
2022-01-18 3:09:40 PM  

OkieDookie: The Brady Bunch never should have taken that cursed tiki statue

NANANA NAAAAAAAAA

 
2022-01-18 3:10:04 PM  
Not an immediate concern, but the explosion took out a major undersea data cable in the area, hence no net.
 
2022-01-18 3:11:32 PM  
NewZealand has two ships ready to provide water and food. Desalination plant on board to make 70,000 liters per day. Tonga hadn't requested they dock as yet. The airport is covered in volcanic ash and should have a cleared runway by tomorrow. They're having to clear the runway by hand. Tough going.
 
2022-01-18 3:12:53 PM  

bambi121899: [Fark user image image 360x360]

/sorry


You're welcome?
 
2022-01-18 3:13:10 PM  
I heard on CBC this morning that there are two confirmed deaths in a village that was totally wiped out.
My first thought was, holy shiat people were living out there?
My second thought was, holy shiat people survived that?!?!
 
2022-01-18 3:14:38 PM  
Probably going to be a lot worse than the one that hit us in the Samoas back in 2009. With that one:

-No volcanic ash
-No pandemic complications
-American Samoa's main airport runway just had a little debris on it and Samoa's was on the opposite coast of its island than the one hit.
-Most of the communications infrastructure was intact outside of some really hard-hit places. I even updated my Facebook from my apartment to say I was okay.
 
2022-01-18 3:16:27 PM  

Smoking GNU: Wenchmaster: WTF? Why the filter?

Oh. p/l/o/n/k is somehow "bad". I suppose British slang for cheap alcohol could be "bad", but the word also means "drop" or "place".

It was used for a long while on here to signify placing some irredeemable trash troll onto ones ignored list. I guess too many mod-pet trolls got their feelings hurt and the word got put on the filter list.


Fark also hates the geological term for vertical igneous intrusive rock. They're obviously full team Sill.
 
2022-01-18 3:17:43 PM  
The bbc have some satellite before / after images here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-60039542
 
2022-01-18 3:19:04 PM  
It doesn't appear to be Tonga Time anymore.
 
2022-01-18 3:21:27 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: Not an immediate concern, but the explosion took out a major undersea data cable in the area, hence no net.


Yeah, a lot of the regional sources are covering that, possibly because it's one of the only things we know. Saying it will take weeks to repair.

Maybe one reason I stayed online after the aforementioned 2009 earthquake and tsunami is because we weren't quite hooked up to an undersea fiber optic cable just yet, and I just had the regular slow-ass satellite Internet.
 
2022-01-18 3:21:58 PM  
Speaking of regional news sources, Radio New Zealand is a pretty good one.
 
2022-01-18 3:22:16 PM  
Just when they've had all the tragedy they can take, the earth sends them samoa.
 
2022-01-18 3:24:13 PM  

Promo Sapien: Just when they've had all the tragedy they can take, the earth sends them samoa.


Irony bonus: Samoans and Tongans are arch-nemeses going way back to before European contact. Today it mostly shows up as a sports rivalry.
 
2022-01-18 3:32:32 PM  
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Ta Tonga?
 
2022-01-18 3:33:37 PM  
If only there was some worldwide high-speed low-latency affordable satellite-based internet service.
 
2022-01-18 3:36:24 PM  
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wow...  (from link posted above)
\there are more than 2 deaths.
 
2022-01-18 3:38:55 PM  

Derek Force: [Fark user image 521x1500]

wow...  (from link posted above)
\there are more than 2 deaths.


Two hours before?
 
2022-01-18 3:47:18 PM  
 
2022-01-18 3:47:29 PM  

Koodz: Derek Force: [Fark user image 521x1500]

wow...  (from link posted above)
\there are more than 2 deaths.

Two hours before?


Sudden drop of the lava level usually means something is about to happen, because it means something deep down has shifted. In this case it would also have let the water in, and pouring the sea onto lava is... explosive.
 
2022-01-18 3:48:59 PM  

Koodz: Derek Force: [Fark user image 521x1500]

wow...  (from link posted above)
\there are more than 2 deaths.

Two hours before?


The caldera collapsed before the eruption.
 
2022-01-18 4:02:59 PM  

Koodz: Derek Force: [Fark user image 521x1500]

wow...  (from link posted above)
\there are more than 2 deaths.

Two hours before?


OK, here's a timeline:

Hunga Tonga, pictured, wasn't/is/was an island 20 miles from the Tonga mainland.

pre-2006: Volcano is a seamount.
2006: Lava reaches sea level, builds two little islands over vents that merge and have a vent in between them

2021, December 20: The central vent blows in a decent sized eruption, The 'before' picture above was taken the day of The Big One showing how the central cone blew the middle back to sea level.
Some time in January someone decided everything was fine and the volcano was put on the dormant list.
However, there is no evidence anyone actually went there, and it isn't instrumented.  The nearest instruments if there were any would be on Tonga.  20 miles is a bit far to detect subtle signs of bulging and tummy rumbles.

2022: The central vent blows up.  Likely enough seawater leaked into the fractured seamoung from December 20's eruption to work its way down and meet rising magma somewhere a ways down, maybe a mile or two.

Now is when the fun begins.  The seawater meeting the rising magma foams like shaving cream.  The foam happens in the chimney of the volcano, and it takes up more space than either the water or the magma. The pressure in the cap pushes up and out, and the weakest part is always the upper throat of the volcano.  The mass of foam pushes everything above straight up, and when it nears the surface the whole thing blows in a shower of rock foam (that cools to volcanic ash) and the rocky remnants of the top of the magma chamber, chunks of the wall of the chimney, and whatever else was in the way.  That whole thing takes just a few minutes.

So the pictures are correct.  The names of young volcanic islands should always be written in pencil and not in ink, because by the time the map is made things may have rearranged themselves.
 
2022-01-18 4:14:52 PM  
The other pictures in that bbc link are worth a look as they show the aftermath on some of the populated areas of the islands too.

Near the coast, and on the smallest islands, destruction is near total. Further inland the damage isn't too bad, but everything is covered in ash.
 
2022-01-18 4:26:08 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: The other pictures in that bbc link are worth a look as they show the aftermath on some of the populated areas of the islands too.

Near the coast, and on the smallest islands, destruction is near total. Further inland the damage isn't too bad, but everything is covered in ash.


The one pic looks like a giant penis island.
 
2022-01-18 4:36:09 PM  
They should just bring in planes and remove everyone.  Sucks for them, but the cost and effort to rebuild for 100,000 people and $60million/year tourism is a waste.  They are going to spend billions.  Just give everyone on the island 50K and citizenship to wherever they want to go.
 
2022-01-18 4:51:48 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Smoking GNU: Wenchmaster: WTF? Why the filter?

Oh. p/l/o/n/k is somehow "bad". I suppose British slang for cheap alcohol could be "bad", but the word also means "drop" or "place".

It was used for a long while on here to signify placing some irredeemable trash troll onto ones ignored list. I guess too many mod-pet trolls got their feelings hurt and the word got put on the filter list.

Fark also hates the geological term for vertical igneous intrusive rock. They're obviously full team Sill.


What a load of schist.
 
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