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Tonga volcano: 84% of population affected by ashfall and tsunami
Some residents relocated after homes destroyed as communication remains ‘an acute challenge’ and more international relief on its way

Kate Lyons

24, Jan, 2022 @12:58 AM

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‘We had to mimic to everyone to run’: how Tonga’s volcano and tsunami disaster unfolded
Journalist Marian Kupu recounts the moment of the eruption and the panic that followed

Kate Lyons

23, Jan, 2022 @10:55 PM

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Diary of a disaster: the week that Tonga went silent
Seven days after a massive volcanic eruption that spawned a tsunami and ash cloud, communications are still largely down and the scale of the catastrophe unknown

Kate Lyons

21, Jan, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Fears for Tonga’s tiny Mango island as every house destroyed
Tsunami waves reaching up to 15 metres hit remote area that sent distress signal

Kate Lyons

19, Jan, 2022 @5:34 AM

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Leaked New Zealand military photos show scale of damage caused by Tonga volcano eruption
The 40 images paint a much fuller picture of the damage to the country following a volcanic eruption and tsunami

Kate Lyons and Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @6:34 AM

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‘Significant decrease’ in NSW Covid cases predicted as Victoria nears peak – as it happened
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Stephanie Convery and Caitlin Cassidy

17, Jan, 2022 @7:28 AM

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‘Not knowing is heartbreaking’: sleepless nights among Tongan diaspora after contact with country cut off
Communications blackout from undersea cable’s apparent damage prompts some to turn to Facebook livestreams from outside Tonga for updates

Kate Lyons in Sydney and Tess McClure in Auckland

17, Jan, 2022 @4:17 AM

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‘It’s excruciating’: brother of UK woman swept away in Tonga tsunami waits for news
There has been no update on the fate of Angela Glover who is missing after a tsunami following a volcanic eruption

Kate Lyons Pacific Editor

17, Jan, 2022 @3:43 AM

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Tonga volcano eruption: New Zealand and Australia send planes to assess tsunami damage
Blanket of ash hinders communications from towns believed to have been inundated by waves as first surveillance flights departs

Kate Lyons and Joshua Mcdonald

17, Jan, 2022 @2:53 AM

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EU could suspend Vanuatu visa-free travel over ‘golden passports’ scheme
EU states set to vote on proposal after commission found deficiencies including ‘the granting of citizenship to applicants listed in Interpol’s databases’

Kate Lyons

14, Jan, 2022 @2:17 AM

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Covid news: volunteers asked to deliver UK jabs; Norway to tighten restrictions – as it happened
UK prime minister appeals to public to step forward to assist the booster programme; Norway to act amid record high infections and hospitalisations

Jedidajah Otte (now), Rachel Hall, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

14, Dec, 2021 @1:19 AM

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Experts warn Papua New Guinea is potential breeding ground for new Covid variants
PNG, where less than 5% of the adult population is vaccinated, is creating opportunities for the virus to spread and mutate, epidemiologists say

Kate Lyons

13, Dec, 2021 @2:13 AM

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