Record-breaking Tonga  atmospheric waves ever seen

volcano generated the fastest

The massive eruption

 from the underwater Tonga volcano in the Pacific earlier this year generated a blast so powerful 

It sent massive

 pressure waves rippling through the atmosphere and around the globe. 

These waves were

 the fastest ever observed within Earth's atmosphere, reaching speeds of 720 miles (1,158 kilometers) per hour 

Hunga volcano lies about 

 40 miles northwest of the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa and sits within a line of volcanoes called Tonga-Kermadec volcanic arc.

On Jan. 15, Hunga 

 erupted and sent a towering plume of gas and particles billowing into the mesosphere 

The plume reached

36 miles (58 km) tall at its highest point, making it the largest volcanic plume(opens in new tab) in the satellite record. 

NASA's James Webb  Catch

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