Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth – Rossland News

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth – Rossland News

When an undersea volcano erupted in Tonga in January, its watery blast was huge and unusual — and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts. The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the atmosphere, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The researchers estimate the eruption raised the amount of water in the stratosphere — the second layer of the atmosphere, above the range where humans …