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WATCH: The biggest volcanic eruption ever seen from space is spectacular

A video showing the biggest volcanic eruption ever seen from space has gone viral racking up millions of views on social media.

The Wonder of Science Twitter account says the footage of the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai submarine volcano erupting was captured by two different satellites on January 15, 2022. The eruption was the largest atmospheric explosion recorded by modern instrumentation.

The eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai, in the Tongan archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean, began some 4 weeks previously and reached a very powerful climax on 15 January 2022.

The volcano is part of the highly active Tonga–Kermadec Islands volcanic arc which extends from New Zealand to Fiji.

Described by scientists as a “magma hammer”, the eruption displaced 10 cubic kilometers of rock, ash and sediment, and generated the largest atmospheric explosion recorded by modern instrumentation. According to the Volcanic Explosivity Index scale, the eruption was rated at least a VEI-5.

It led to tsunamis in Tonga, Fiji, American Samoa, Vanuatu, and along the Pacific rim, including damaging tsunamis in New Zealand, Japan, the United States, the Russian Far East, Chile, and Peru. Some tsunami waves reached up to 20 m (66 ft) high.

Scientists believe it to be the largest volcanic eruption since the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, and the most powerful eruption since the famed 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.

NASA said that the eruption was “hundreds of times more powerful” than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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