• 27 June, 2022
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Tonga reconnects to world as submarine cable restored after tsunami

By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tonga was reconnected to the world on Tuesday following repairs to a submarine cable, officials said, a month after a volcanic eruption and tsunami…

China, Tonga hold aid ceremony day before US Pacific meet

By Kirsty Needham MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Tonga and China held a signing ceremony on Friday for construction equipment that will be used to build infrastructure in the tsunami-hit Pacific island, a…

Tonga goes into lockdown; COVID cases not at international aid port – official

By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two COVID-19 cases in wharf workers in tsunami-hit Tonga were at a different wharf to that used by foreign naval ships delivering aid, a…

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Pangai, Tonga – USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck about 219 km (136.1 miles)west-northwest of Pangai, Tonga, on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The earthquake was at a depth…

China, West rush tsunami relief supplies to tsunami-hit Tonga

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese naval vessels carrying aid are set to arrive in Tonga on Thursday as Beijing shored up its disaster response efforts in the tsunami-hit Pacific nation following…

India announces US$ 200,000 immediate relief assistance to Tonga in the wake of tsunami

On 15 January 2022, a tsunami hit the Kingdom of Tonga impacting large sections of the country’s population and causing significant infrastructural damage. India extends deep sympathy to the Government…

Tongans deafened by volcanic blast as they fled for safety

(Reuters) - When Tonga's Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano violently erupted, sending shockwaves and tsunami across the Pacific, the blast in the small island nation was so deafening that fleeing families…

Undersea cable fault could cut off Tonga from rest of the world for weeks

By Praveen Menon and Tom Westbrook WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The South Pacific archipelago of Tonga could spend days, or even weeks, cut off from the rest of world because of…