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granny_skot



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Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:04 am    Post subject: Pacific Ocean Volcano Erupts Reply with quote

Tonga is an Island Kingdom in the South pacific, I do wonder if this eruption will relieve Mount Redoubt stress supressing the eminent eruption expected there, should also cause some unseasonable rain over the next few months as it did in 2002

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090318/ap_on_re_au_an/as_tonga_volcano

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga An undersea volcano erupted off the coast of Tonga shooting clouds of smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet (meters) into the sky above the South Pacific ocean, officials said Wednesday.
Spectacular columns spewed out of the sea about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, said Tonga's geological service head, Keleti Mafi.
"It's a very significant eruption, on quite a large scale," he told The Associated Press.
There was no sign the offshore eruption posed any danger to residents, he said, with trade winds blowing gas and steam away from the island.
Residents said the steam and ash column first appeared on Monday morning, after a series of sharp earthquakes were felt in the capital, Nuku'alofa.
"This is not unusual for this area and we expect this to happen here at any time," Mafi said, adding that a similar eruption took place there in 2002.
A Defense Force boat was expected to travel to the region soon to check the area.
It was likely the underwater eruption was taking place to the west of the low-lying twin volcanic islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai, within sight of Nuku'alofa.
Large amounts of pumice thrown up by the erupting volcano would likely clog beaches on the southern coast of nearby Fiji islands within a short time, he said.
Tonga, a 170-island archipelago about halfway between Australia and Tahiti, is part of the Pacific "ring of fire" an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through Vanuatu to Tonga.
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Sunny



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Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI Granny
did you see the eruption?? someone managed to film it we saw it here on the TV news- pretty amazing thing to see - Pluto in Capricorn got anything to do with is along with Saturn in an earth sign and pluto in Saturns sign. I always enjoy reading your posts thanks for this one
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granny_skot



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Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I think Pluto was Square Sun for one of the erruptions I dont recall whether that was redoubt or the Island erruption, but Pluto is squaring up to eVenus right now as well so quite possibly there is enough squaring with Pluto to go around! Smile G
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