This weekend’s volcanic eruption near the South Pacific island of Tonga was so powerful it has stunned scientists.
According to NBC Chicago, The National Weather Service says the eruption caused a shockwave that was detected as far away as Chicago. A spike in air pressure readings was first detected at O’Hare Airport Saturday morning. The other side of the shock wave circled the globe before reaching the Chicago area early Sunday morning.
The shock wave was felt in several global locations, including Mt. Hood, Oregon. The USGS estimated the eruption caused the equivalent of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.
The extensive damage to Tonga is still being measured and the death toll stands at two.
Source: NBC Chicago