Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (Tonga) – Report for 16 February-22 February 2022

Recovery efforts from the 14-15 January eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai continued in Tonga. According to a news article, the main undersea international fiber-optic communication cable that had been severed in multiple places due to the eruption had been repaired by 21 February, and internet connectivity was restored by 22 February. Repairs had begun on 3 February to rejoin 5-6 pieces and replace a 55 km section of the cable that was missing and likely buried in sediment. A domestic cable that was located closer to the volcano may take months to repair. Another news article noted that over 200 fishing boats had been destroyed by the tsunamis; dozens of new boats had been gifted by international donors.

Sources: Associated Press,Matangi Tonga Online ,Matangi Tonga Online ,Matangi Tonga Online

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