International efforts are continuing to reach Tonga after an undersea volcano erupted with a force estimated by scientists as the equivalent of 1,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs, spewing ash roughly 20 kilometers into the air. Al Jazeera reports that The New Zealand High Commission in Tonga confirmed on Monday that significant damage had been caused to the western coast of the nation, an area known for being home to several resorts, as well as the waterfront of the capital, Nuku’alofa. One British woman who was swept away as she tried to rescue her dogs was confirmed dead, British media said citing her brother, but there have been no official reports of injuries or deaths in Tonga yet as communications remain largely severed.
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