Terrifying videos of the Tonga volcano .. and "NASA": its explosion is equivalent to 667 times the Hiroshima bomb

Experts believe that the eruption of the underwater volcano in Tonga may be the most powerful since the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia, which killed thousands of people in 1883.

The eruption of the Tonga volcano on January 15 left the neighboring Tonga islands covered in ash. The tsunami from the massive volcano forced 230,000 coastal residents on the islands to evacuate from eight provinces and sank or capsized dozens of ships.

To assess the power of this explosion, scientists applied a scale that is also used to assess the explosive power of nuclear weapons.

James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said the volcano's study process found that the force of the eruption "is equivalent to about 10 megatons of TNT."

With an estimated explosion rate of 10 megatons of TNT, the volcanic eruption corresponds to the power of the approximately 667 "Kidd" atomic bombs dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945.

The volcanic eruption occurred near the Pacific island of Tonga, but the explosion was heard thousands of kilometers away, for example in the US state of Alaska.

Scientists said this is probably one of the most famous events on the planet in the past 100 years.

Geologists do not expect this volcanic eruption to cause any significant short-term changes in the Earth's climate, as it has with some major eruptions in the past.

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