Lonely Planet Writer

Pacific volcano eruption causes flight cancellations

Off the coast of Tonga.
Off the coast of Tonga. Image by Tony Bowden / CC BY-SA 2.0

Several airlines have had to cancel flights across the Pacific to avoid ash from an underwater volcano that erupted on Monday near the Kingdom of Tonga. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are expected to reschedule services to accommodate customers affected as soon as conditions improve. The latest and most spectacular eruption of the underwater volcano sent ash more than 9000m into the air, and mud has turned the sea in the area blood red. Read more: abc.net.au