A volcanic eruption near Tonga has focused about half of the world’s lightning

At the height of the eruption of an underwater volcano near the country of Tonga in January 2022, half of the world’s lightning was concentrated around it.

CNN writes about this by referring to a report from Vaisala, an environmental monitoring company that monitors lightning around the world.

“The catastrophic explosion broke all records,” the report says.

The eruption produced more than 25,500 lightning flashes in just five minutes. Within six hours, the volcano triggered approximately 400,000 lightning strikes.

“This is the largest concentration of lightning we’ve ever detected. We’ve been detecting lightning for 40 years, and it’s a really, really dangerous event.”said meteorologist and lightning expert Chris Vagaski.

About the eruption of the volcano near Tonga

On January 15, 2022, an underwater volcano erupted in the Pacific Ocean. As a result, tsunamis with a height of 1.2 meters covered the archipelagic state of Tonga, flooding a number of islands and covering the country with an ash cloud. The explosion was so loud that it was heard in New Zealand – 2383 kilometers from Tonga.

On January 17, it became known that shock waves from a volcanic eruption circled the planet twice. Echoes were recorded even in Ukraine and at the Akademik Vernadskyi station in Antarctica. However, meteorologists say there is no danger of new tsunamis.

After the disaster, Elon Musk offered to send the terminals of his Starlink network to Tonga. Local residents, who were threatened with a long stay without the Internet, happily accepted the offer.

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