The Big Picture: Explosion

An undersea volcano erupts  near Tonga

An undersea volcano erupts sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 metres into the air, on 18 March 2009 off the coast of Nuku'Alofa, Tonga. The volcano, which is situated approximately six miles off of the main Tongan island of Tongatapu, is one of around 36 undersea volcanoes clustered in the area.

Photo: Dana Stephenson/Getty Images


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