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Smoke seen coming from Late Iki island

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 16/10/2019

The Ministry of Land and Survey is closely monitoring the smoke and gas from the island of Late Iki since yesterday afternoon.

It was first reported on Sunday by MV Ngutulei and yesterday by Real Tonga.

Government’s Geologist Taniela Kula says the eruption wont pose any threats and impacts to the nearby islands of Vava’u and Ha’apai.

Late Iki Island is a lava dome that emerges 43m above sea level with a 280m diameter on the tip of a submarine volcano formed during the 1995 eruption.

It is located midway between the islands of Kao and Late Islands.

It has erupted several times in the past producing ephemeral shoal islands before 1781, 1854, 1967, 1979 and subsequently submerged after each eruption.

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