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From Taupō to Tonga: The booms and bust of a volcanology journey - seminar by Professor Shane Cronin

Date: Friday 29 Jul, 10am - 11am
Location: AUT City Campus
WG Building, WG126
Auckland
New Zealand
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From Taupō to Tonga: The booms and bust of a volcanology journey - seminar by Professor Shane Cronin 07/29/2022 10:00 07/29/2022 11:00 AUT School of Science seminar seriesProfessor Shane Cronin (University of Auckland)Hunga volcano in Tonga erupted spectacularly on 15 January 2022 putting it on AUT City Campus, WG Building, WG126, Auckland , New Zealand
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AUT School of Science seminar series

Professor Shane Cronin (University of Auckland)

Hunga volcano in Tonga erupted spectacularly on 15 January 2022 putting it on the world stage. Prior to this, a group of researchers from the University of Auckland had visited and camped on the island. This was part of two decades of work in and around the SW Pacific islands to study the history and interaction of volcanoes and people. Through the example of the Tongan eruption of January 2022 and other cases throughout the islands and New Zealand, I will describe the adventures of a volcanologist in "paradise". In particular I will demonstrate how building local knowledge and understanding of natural phenomena such as eruptions can save lives. The Tongan eruption was one of the biggest in the last 140 years around the world, yet quick thinking and excellent community knowledge of coastal hazards meant that the Tongan people very rapidly evacuated and saved themselves, avoiding a tragic catastrophe. Introducing a team of young Earth Science and Environmental Science graduates based in Tonga, I will show how we apply our knowledge of Earth systems to reveal incredible volcano-tsunami stories of the last Century.

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