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Tonga eruption blasted enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic pools into the Earth's atmosphere, NASA says

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Tonga eruption blasted enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic pools into the Earth's atmosphere, NASA says

One of the most powerful volcanic eruptions on the planet blasted such a massive amount of water vapor high into the atmosphere that it's likely to temporarily warm the Earth's surface, according to detections from a NASA satellite.

One of the most powerful volcanic eruptions on the planet blasted such a massive amount of water vapor high into the atmosphere that it's likely to temporarily warm the Earth's surface, according to detections from a NASA satellite.

When the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on January 15, 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Tonga's capital, it created a tsunami as well as a sonic boom that rippled around the world -- twice.

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