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TECHNOLOGY – Five weeks after the volcano erupted online in Tonga, it has been fixed

Volcanic eruption in Tonga in mid-January Photo: Agence France-Presse

Five weeks after the sharp volcanic eruption in Tonga, internet connectivity has been restored in the Pacific nation. Data connections on the two main islands are working again.

Five weeks after the sharp volcanic eruption in Tonga, internet connectivity has been restored in the Pacific nation. Communications providers Digicel and TCC announced Tuesday that data connections on the two main islands are back up and running. Immediately after the disaster, the distant country was only able to communicate with the outside world to a very limited extent because the volcanic eruption damaged the undersea cable. Initially, communication was only possible via a few satellite connections.

The eruption of the Hongga Tonga-Hung Hapai volcano in mid-January was one of the fiercest in decades and can still be measured in remote Alaska. Ash and acid rain fell on a large scale in the Pacific Ocean. One village on Mango Island was completely destroyed, while a few homes remain in several other villages scattered across the archipelago. The eruption caused tidal waves even on shores as far from Japan to the United States.

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