An underwater volcano that erupted earlier this year is believed to be the “largest ever recorded” with modern equipment, researchers revealed this week.
On January 15, 2022 the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in the Tongan archipelago, triggering tsunami waves and sending a sonic boom that could be heard throughout the world. Since then, a team of scientists have been investigating the historic eruption, concluding that it turned out to be one for the record books.
“The eruption reached record heights, being the first we’ve ever seen to break through into the mesosphere,” said New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) marine geologist Kevin Mackay. “It was like a shotgun blast directly into the sky,” he added.
“It was a shotgun blast directly into the sky”.