Tonga: the Volcano Eruption and Tsunami: Talking with Sia Akauola
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A Firsthand/FaceTime account of the eruption on January 15, 2022. Tonga native Sia Akauola, who was in San Francisco,  was on the phone to her sister in Tonga when the volcano erupted. Three loud explosions - heard 500 miles away in Fiji - then silence and no contact with her family for 5 agonizing days. Sia recounts what it was like for her family to live through the eruption and now to begin the recovery process. A very moving story. 

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