The first is the picture of the blast and the next picture is of the island as a result.

This eruption took place in mid June 1995, in the Ha'apai group. It is 35 miles northwest of Ha'apai's Mo'unga'one Island, and 65 miles southwest of Vava'u's Late Island. A dense cloud of white smoke rose about 8,500 feet above sea level.The island's volcanic cone has collapsed but it still reaches more than 40m above the sea. The islands of the Ha'apai group were mostly formed by volcanoes. The highest mountain Kao, and the highest volcano Tofua, in the Tonga Islands, are both located in the Ha'apai group.The Tofua volcano is dormant.

All pictures and items contained on this page were created and/or gathered by me, with noted exceptions of ABC's and NBC's pictures. 1999, 2000 by webmaster of Tonga 2K.