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An Australian naval vessel, also containing relief supplies, was due to depart on Wednesday.

  • Ever since new land rose above the water surface in 2015 and joined two existing islands, Garvin and an international team of researchers have been monitoring changes there.


A second undersea cable that connects the islands within Tonga also appeared to have been severed, Fonua said.

  • He added that it was unclear when it would be safe for a ship to venture near the undersea volcano to undertake the work.