Massive Tonga Eruption Sends Shockwaves Across the World

Massive Tonga Eruption Sends Shockwaves Across the World

The incredible power of the eruption of the Tonga volcano on January 15, 2022, reverberated around the world.

Satellites in space captured the action even before the eruption started, showing the island sinking and then later the mushroom cloud and pressure waves expanding outward.

Absolutely stunning eruption of Hunga Ha'apai on 14 Jan 2022. Photo by Taaniela Kula at Matangi Tonga online

Approximately 200,000 lightning events struck near Tonga in the first hour of the eruption.

People as far away as Australia and across the ocean in Alaska and Canada heard the sonic boom. That’s the audio of this bang:

Barometers around the world recorded the pressure wave from the South Pacific explosion. Below from Switzerland:


And tsunami waves affected shores all the way on the west coast of the United States.

Sonic booms in Alaska



Incredible speed of the shockwave


Tsunami waves in Oregon and California


Pressure wave crosses the US and globe

In other parts of the world: Netherlands, UK, New England, Colorado, Switzerland

The Tonga volcano eruption from space


The Tonga volcano and ensuing tsunami were felt around the world. The January 15, 2022, event affected the shores of places as far away as Oregon while the pressure wave moved across the globe. 

The Krakatoa eruption of 1883 caused shock waves 10,000 times more powerful than that of an hydrogen bomb and shattered eardrums of sailors 40 miles away.

This terrifying noise is that of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption on August, 27, 1883:

NOTE: The volcanic explosion is also one of the earliest sound recordings of all time since the phonograph was only invented in 1877