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Tongan volcano disrupts air travel

Tongan volcano disrupts air travel

Updated 13 January 2015, 17:09 AEDT

An active volcano in Tonga is creating problems for air travel.

The Hunga Ha'apai volcano has been sending an ash plume as high as thirty thousand feet into the air, which has forced flights to and from New Zealand to be cancelled or diverted two days in a row.

Scientists from New Zealand's GNS Science were supposed to have travelled to Tonga to help local authorities monitor the eruption on Tuesday, but the ash plume prevented their flight from leaving.

Brad Scott, a vulcanologist with GNS Science near Taupo on New Zealand's North island, explains to Bruce Hill where the volcano is, and how long its expected to keep causing problems for flights in and out of Tonga.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Brad Scott, a vulcanologist with GNS Science in New Zealand

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