Mango (Tonga)

Mango is a small island in Tonga, 9 kilometres south-east of the larger island of Nomuka, and part of the Nomuka or ʻOtu Muʻomuʻa group of islands, which are the southern part of the Haʻapai group. Mango had a population of 62 in the 2021 census.[1]

The island was badly damaged by the 2022 Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai eruption and tsunami. Following the eruption, a distress call was detected from the island.[2] Images from the New Zealand Defence Force showed that it had suffered "catastrophic" damage,[3] with an entire village destroyed.[4] According to the Tongan government, all homes on the island were destroyed, and a 65-year-old man was killed.[5] After the eruption, the entire island was evacuated, and the inhabitants were bought to Tongatapu by the Tongan Maritime Force.[6]

References

  1. ^ "PRELIMINARY RESULT TONGA POPULATION CENSUS 2021" (PDF). Tonga Statistics Department. 24 December 2021. p. 4. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Distress signal prompts UN concern after Tonga volcanic eruption". RNZ. 18 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Leaked New Zealand military photos show scale of damage caused by Tonga volcano eruption". Guardian. 18 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Tsunami-hit Tonga islands suffered extensive damage, fears death toll to rise". RNZ. 18 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Tongan government confirms all homes on Mango destroyed, fears death toll to rise". RNZ. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ "62 survivors from Mango Island evacuated safely to Tongatapu". Matangi Tonga. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2022.

Coordinates: 20°19′44″S 174°42′32″W / 20.329°S 174.709°W / -20.329; -174.709


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