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Natural disasters

Tonga to be cut off from world for weeks as volcano severs cable

Phone and internet service down while satellite links hampered by ash

A New Zealand Defense Force flight shows heavy ash fallen over the Tongan island of Nomuka on Jan. 17. (New Zealand Defense Force via Reuters)

SYDNEY -- Repairs to Tonga's undersea communications cable likely will take several weeks after Saturday's volcanic blast left the South Pacific archipelago mostly cut off from the rest of the world.

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