The blast sent tsunami waves pummeling across the Pacific Ocean and covered the island nation of Tonga in a thick blanket of ash.
Tonga, other countries, and aid organizations are still trying to assess the full extent of the damage.
Meanwhile, scientists are mapping potential atmospheric and environmental side effects that may come in the explosion’s wake.
“The eruption was remarkable in that it involved the simultaneous formation of a volcanic ash plume, an atmospheric shock wave, and a series of tsunami waves.”
Due to its enormity, the volcano’s eruption could easily be seen from space.
Several satellites captured the violent explosion and quick-spreading ash clouds.
Here are 8 satellite views of the Tonga volcano eruption, from space:
8. The Japan Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 satellite captured the real-time growth of the volcano’s ash cloud.
1. An Earth-wide volcanic shock wave, also tracked by GOES-17.