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Tonga volcano: An explosion, then a rain of ash and rocks

Local journalist describes moment of eruption, ongoing water shortage

Buildings damaged by the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga. Much of the capital Nuku'alofa remains covered in ash. (Photo courtesy of Marian Kupu/Broadcom Broadcasting FM87.5/via Reuters)

SYDNEY -- Radio journalist Marian Kupu was spending a quiet Saturday evening at home with her husband, three children, mother and niece in Tonga's capital when a volcanic eruption heard as far away as New Zealand and Alaska shattered the silence.

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