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Tonga eruption LIVE: ‘Nothing tells us what’ll happen next’ experts panic after explosion

American meteorologist, Chris Vagasky, studied lightning around the volcano and found it increasing to about 30,000 strikes in the days leading up to the eruption.

On the day of the eruption, Mr Vagasky detected 400,000 lightning events in just three hours. For scale of comparison, during the Anak Krakatau eruption in 2018, there were 8,000 strikes per hour. 

He said: “It wouldn’t be unusual to get a few more eruptions, though maybe not as big as Saturday. Once the volcano is de-gassed, it will settle down.”

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