Friday, March 20, 2009

Undersea volcano erupts near Tonga..where is this place ??



Random news checking brought me to this spectacular never before heard news about an Undersea Volcano eruption. I've neither seen such a thing in my life nor read about it. I know...I wasn't a great geography student. But its not too late to learn. The Scientists are wondering it may be related to a quate of magnitude 4.4 which could have caused this volcano to erupt. However luckily there's no danger to the few living over there.

Check out the unbelievably breathtaking pictures at this site -
>> Undersea Explosions near Tonga <<

Also check out the video taken by the daring few -


So where is this place Tonga ?? Its actually situated in South Pacific Ocean, close to more popular Fiji islands. There are a total of 171 islands, with only 45 inhabited and apparently the archipelago of Tonga is affectionately called the "Friendly Islands,". Not anymore I guess, as these underwater volcanoes are drop dead scary. You go boating and all of a sudden u know u are in the air covered in ash. But most astonishing fact about Tonga is that its the only South Pacific country never to have been colonized by a foreign power. So they are still ruled by Kings.

Back to the explosion, this amazing occurrence of nature reminded me today that we humans, however far we progress, are very tiny in front of the mother nature. All our technology can fall flat if she gets angry. And so give respect and don't abuse nature. Ok from when did I start giving advices. Actually the clouds of smoke, steam and ash in the pictures are really scary. And the eruption took place just about 6 miles from Tonga's main island, Tongatapu, an area where upto 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered. Bottomline, if all volcanoes get angry, Tongatapus are screwed !!!

2 comments:

Sridhar said...

I knew Tonga when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I had a Tonga stamp and it was my rarest till some fucker stole it !

- S i R i S h - said...

Actually u r right da...even i had Tonga stamp. Shit da, how could I forget it !! But again except for stamp then I knew nothing about it. Hehe.. but how cud u let someone steal ur stamps ??