Peru: 21 beaches polluted by spill linked to Tonga eruption
Peru has declared an environmental emergency after announcing that 21 beaches on the Pacific coast were contaminated by an oil spill at a refinery run by Spain-based Repsol, following surging waves caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga.
Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami
Three of Tonga’s smaller islands have suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross say, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nationwashingtonpost.com
Ash on runway 'problematic' for aid delivery: Tonga politician
"The ash is proving quite problematic, not just for water and sanitation... but in terms of access for aid from Australians and New Zealand and other flights," says the speaker of the Tongan Legislative Assembly, Fatafehi Fakafanua, as he gives an update on the situation in the Pacific island following Saturday's volcanic eruption. Tonga has been virtually cut off from the rest of the world the weekend, when a volcano exploded on the island and deposited ash, gas and acid rain across a large area of the Pacific.news.yahoo.com
Shockwaves, spike in air pressure detected at O’Hare International Airport after volcanic eruption in Tonga
The spikes in pressure were initially discovered by a NWS employee who “put two and two together” after the volcano erupted, Brian Leatherwood, a meteorologist at the NWS, said.chicagotribune.com
New Zealand beats depleted Tonga 102-0 in rugby mismatch
The All Blacks opened their 2021 season in an unseemly cakewalk, beating a weakened Tonga team 102-0 on Saturday in a match that was a test in name only. New Zealand scored 16 tries, five to winger Will Jordan, three to scrumhalf Brad Weber and two to flanker Dalton Papalii. Winger George Bridge crossed Tonga’s line in the 82nd minute for the try that brought up an All Blacks century.news.yahoo.com
Pacific isles, secretive states among last virus-free places
The largest cluster of places without the coronavirus can be found in the scattered islands of the South Pacific. Here's a closer look:PACIFIC ISLANDS: The largest cluster of countries without the coronavirus is in the South Pacific. Much of the South Pacific is relatively poor and has basic health systems that would be ill-equipped to deal with major outbreaks. Not everywhere in the South Pacific has been spared, either. ___Associated Press reporters Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, and Daria Litvinova in Moscow contributed to this report.
England begins World Cup campaign with battling victory against Tonga
David Halaifonua of Tonga is tackled by Anthony Watson and Manu Tuilagi of England during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group C game between England and Tonga at Sapporo Dome on Sept. 22 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)(CNN) - England began its 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 35-3 win over Tonga to fire a warning to the tournament's other top teams. However, Tonga proved it can compete with any team in the world on a physical level, after a crunching tackle on England's Billy Vunipola heated up the affair. The almighty hit seemed to inspire the underdogs who equaled the score with a penalty of their own shortly after. Farrel fired over another penalty shortly after the restart, before Jamie George and Luke-Cowan Dickie charged over the line to put the game to bed.