This is how the volcanic eruption in Tonga was seen from space

Japanese and US NOAA satellites captured the eruption over the weekend.

The underwater volcanic eruption off the Tonga islands caused alarm over the weekend, even causing two deaths off the Peruvian coast.

The submarine volcanic eruption in the Pacific sparked panic in the Tonga islands on Saturday , with a tsunami that caused waves of 1.20 meters in Japan and generated alerts in much of the Pacific.

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’pai volcano sent a mushroom of smoke and ash into the air, causing a giant mushroom and shock wave.

satellite images

One of the views of the eruption was made by the National Institute of Information and Communications of Japan (NICT in its acronym in English).

These were captured by the Himawari-8 satellite 36 thousand kilometers from Earth.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared more satellite views of the volcano’s eruption.

One of the images shows the smoke screen that is generated after the eruption.

These were captured by the Himawari-8 satellite 36 thousand kilometers from Earth.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared more satellite views of the volcano’s eruption.

One of the images shows the smoke screen that is generated after the eruption.

The moment of the eruption.
The moment of the eruption. | Source: NOAA

It also showed an image with infrared, which detects volcanic ash and sulfur dioxide gas.

Infrared images.
Infrared images. | Source: NOAA