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Posted: March 12, 2015

Must-see: First photos of new Pacific island off Tonga


            Must-see: First photos of new Pacific island off Tonga
An undersea volcano is seen erupting off the coast of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 metres into the air, on March 18, 2009, off the coast of Nuku'Alofa, Tonga.

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The first photos of a new volcanic island near Tonga have gone viral.

According to ABC, hotel owner GP Orbassano recently visited the island, which emerged in the Pacific after an eruption in January. 

"We had a beautiful view of the volcano, which inside is now full of green emerald water, smelling of sulphur and other chemicals," Orbassano told Radio Australia. "The view was fantastic."

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