The Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption as seen by Japan's Himawari-8 satellite
The Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption as seen by Japan's Himawari-8 satellite, at 05:40 UTC on 15 January 2022 (about 1 hour 35 minutes into the eruption).
Credit: Simon Proud/STFC RAL Space/NCEO/JMA

Tonga volcano had highest plume ever recorded

Climate physics
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

A new analysis led by Oxford University researchers has shown the devastating Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption in January 2022 created the tallest volcanic plume ever recorded. The research has been published in the journal Science.