The powerful eruption of an undersea volcano near the Tonga islands took place in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where 75 percent of the world’s volcanoes lie.
The United Nations' International Organization for Migration said at least 1,250 men, women and children have died attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean so far this year.
Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said there were two huge explosions on the southcentral side of the volcano's crater at around 1446 GMT on Wednesday.
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