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Tonga's volcano blasted enough water into the atmosphere to fill 58,000 Olympic swimming pools — potentially warming Earth

Tonga’s volcano blasted enough water into the atmosphere to fill 58,000 Olympic swimming pools — potentially warming Earth

When Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano violently erupted earlier this year, it spewed an unprecedented amount of water vapor into the atmosphere — and it will likely have noticeable effects on Earth’s temperatures.  The January 15 eruption near the Pacific archipelago nation caused a tsunami and a sonic boom that circled the Earth twice, and …

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The GOES-17 satellite captured images of an umbrella cloud generated by the underwater eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Jan. 15, 2022. Crescent-shaped bow shock waves and numerous lighting strikes are also visible.

Tonga’s eruption injected so much water into Earth’s atmosphere that it could weaken the ozone layer

The GOES-17 satellite captured images of an umbrella cloud generated by the underwater eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Jan. 15, 2022.  (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens using GOES imagery courtesy of NOAA and NESDIS) (opens in new tab) When an underwater volcano in Tonga erupted in January, it …

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