Undersea Volcano Erupts Near Tonga

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Scientists are keeping a close watch on an undersea volcano that has been erupting since Monday near the South Pacific island of Tonga. The volcano has been shooting smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the sky. At this time, the eruption poses no threat to islanders or land and marine wildlife and no warnings have been issued. The underwater eruption was taking place near the low-lying twin volcanic islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha'apai, and within sight of the capital, Nuku'alofa.

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