Tonga: Satellite images capture moment volcano erupts
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In an Instagram post published just hours before the wave hit, Angela Glover shared the deep red sunset that blanketed the sky following a volcanic eruption. She wrote: “I’m not kidding you, this is the sunset today after the volcano exploded last night.
“We’ve been under tsunami warnings today, everything’s fine.
“A few swells, a few eerie silences, a wind or two, then silence, sudden stillness, electric storms…”
Ms Glover had been housesitting on the island of Tongatapu with her husband James.
According to her brother, as the 4ft waves poured into the coastal home he was able to cling onto a tree.
Ms Glover, who moved to run an animal sanctuary in Tonga, was last seen clinging onto debris with her five dogs before a swell of water washed back out to sea.
Mr Glover contacted the police and the British embassy, where he was able to inform the family what happened.
The eight-minute eruption of the undersea volcano Hunga-Tonga-Ha’pai volcano triggered tsunami warnings across the Pacific.
Satellite images captured the massive eruption from space, showing a cloud of ash thrown up miles into the air.
There are just over 100,000 people in Tonga, of which an estimated 80,000 are believed to have been affected by the tsunami.
So far no casualties have been confirmed as the small island nation reels from the damage.
Information remains scarce, as phone and internet communications in Tonga were damaged in the disaster.
Ms Glover was born in Brighton, and in 2015 left her career in marketing to live in the Polynesian nation.
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Her brother, Nick Eleini, said she “really embraced” living there, adding: “She loved the Tongans, she just thought they were wonderful people. She really grew into the Tonga way of life.”
He told 1News in New Zealand: “It’s 48 hours [since she was last seen]. Look, I’m not holding out much hope.
“I think it’s going to be a body recovery rather than finding her. But I’m hoping, you know, it’s all I can do.”
Earlier, he told the Guardian: “The tsunami hit around 5.30pm local time, I believe.
“Angela and her husband, James, got washed away. James was able to cling on to a tree for quite a long time, but Angela was unable to do so and was washed away with the dogs, I think four or five dogs.
“They were housesitting a house on the west coast of the island [of Tongatapu, Tonga’s main island].
“James went back to their proper house on the south coast of the island, but Angela didn’t turn up.
“James contacted the police and the British embassy there, where he was able to notify us of what happened.”
Mr Eleini said that while one of the dogs had been found, Ms Glover had not.
He added: “It’s excruciating. I can’t even believe the words are coming out of my mouth, to be honest.”
The Foreign Office told the Times: “We are supporting the family of a British woman reported missing in Tonga and are in contact with the local authorities.”
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