A satellite image shows the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano before its main eruption. Reuters
Tom Birchard, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Hawaii, said lava interacted with a pool of water that had accumulated inside the crater, leading to a short-lived but fairly vigorous eruption.
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