Tonga’s government has described the tsunami as “an unprecedented disaster” for the country. A wider picture of the destruction shows massive devastation to its three smaller islands from the tsunami wave and severe pollution from volcanic ash.
The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. Exclusive video shows the capital Nuku'alofa covered in a blanket of ash.
Flights carrying disaster relief supplies from Australia and New Zealand have arrived in Tonga after authorities managed to clear the volcanic ash covering the international airport's runway.
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BREAKING: The Pacific Island nation of Tonga is tonight the scene of a disaster after a tsunami struck. An underwater volcano erupted, plumes of smoke blacking out the sky and sending powerful waves through villages. @alexlewisjourno #7NEWS