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A plume of volcanic explosion from the Hunga Tonga eruption in January 2022.

The 50 million tonnes of water vapor from the Tonga eruption could warm the Earth for months

More than eight months after the underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on January 14, scientists are still analyzing the impacts of the violent outburst and finding it could be warming the planet. Recently, researchers calculated that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apa eruption spewed 50 million tons (45 million metric tons) of water vapor into the atmosphere, …

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The underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha

50 Million Tons Of Water Vapor From Tonga Eruption Could Warm Earth For Years

More than eight months after the underwater volcano erupted near Tonga on January 14, scientists are still analyzing the impacts of the violent outburst and finding it could be warming the planet. Recently, researchers calculated that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apa eruption spewed 50 million tons (45 million metric tons) of water vapor into the atmosphere, …

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Hunga Tonga eruption sent more than 50 billion kilograms of water into the stratosphere

Hunga Tonga eruption sent more than 50 billion kilograms of water into the stratosphere

Enlarge / The Hunga Tonga eruption started underwater, but still passed through much of the atmosphere. In January this year, an underwater volcano in Tonga produced a massive eruption, the largest this century. The mixture of hot volcanic material and cold ocean water created an explosion that sent an atmospheric shock wave across the planet …

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The risk of a catastrophic volcanic eruption is surprisingly high – and the world is ‘woefully unprepared’

Experts believe a magnitude seven volcanic eruption would cause pandemic-like damage. Experts say the risk of a catastrophic eruption is “a roll of the dice”. Experts from the University of Birmingham and the University of Cambridge’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) say the world is ‘woefully underprepared’ for a catastrophic volcanic eruption …

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