An underwater volcano situated near Tonga named “Submarine Volcano III” has been erupting for over a week, according to a GNS scientist and Nasa images.
It is situated about 46km northwest of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa.
Satellite images taken from the Tongan area proved the underwater eruption is underway – and still going.
Volcanologists cautioned that submarine eruptions can be a hazard to shipping.
This is far from the the first time the Tongan region has been struck by an underwater volcano.
The phenomenon has been detected in the area frequently since 1911, with the particularly large eruptions creating short-lived islands.