The Tonga eruption injected so much water into the Earth’s atmosphere that it weakened the ozone layer

The GOES-17 satellite captured images of an umbrella cloud generated by the underwater eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on January 15, 2022. (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens using GOES imagery courtesy of NOAA and NESDIS)

(opens in a new tab)When an underwater volcano in Tonga erupted in January, it erupted more than ash and volcanic gas; According to a new study, it also spewed water vapor into the Earth’s atmosphere worth 58,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

This water vapor could end up being the most destructive part of the volcano‘s rash because it could potentially exacerbate global warming and run out of ozone layer, according to the study.

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