Communication with the Pacific island is still spotty after a massive volcanic eruption spewed ash into the atmosphere and triggered a tsunami that flooded coastlines from Japan to the US.

New Zealand and Australia said Monday they were able to send surveillance planes to assess the damage caused by the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai underwater volcano. Tonga’s deputy head of mission in Australia, Curtis Tu’ihalangingie, said the flights were expected to return on Monday evening.


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