Sky News Explains: What do we know about the Tonga volcano eruption?

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The eruption caused internet and phone lines to go down on Saturday evening, leaving the 105,000 residents on the islands virtually uncontactable.

Sky News science and technology editor Tom Clarke explains what we know so far about the underwater volcano eruption near Tonga.

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