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Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

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Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

By NICK PERRY

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion.

And yet, despite sitting almost on top of the volcano that erupted so violently on Saturday, the Pacific nation of Tonga appears to have avoided the widespread devastation that many initially feared.

In its first update since the eruption, the government said Tuesday it has confirmed three deaths — two local residents and a British woman. Concerns remain over the fate of people on two hard-hit smaller islands, where most houses were destroyed, it said. Communications have been down everywhere, making assessments more difficult.

But on Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu, perhaps the biggest problem is the ash that has transformed it into a gray moonscape, contaminating the rainwater that people rely on to drink. New Zealand’s military is sending fresh water and other much-needed supplies, but said Tuesday the ash covering Tonga’s main runway will delay the flight at least another day.

On Tongatapu, at least, life is slowly returning to normal. The tsunami that swept over coastal areas after the eruption was frightening for many but rose only about 80 centimeters (2.7 feet), allowing most to escape.

“We did hold grave fears, given the magnitude of what we saw in that unprecedented blast,” said Katie Greenwood, the head of delegation in the Pacific for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “Fortunately, in those major population centers we are not seeing the catastrophic effect we thought might happen, and that’s very good news.”

Greenwood, who is based in Fiji and has been talking with people in Tonga by satellite phone, said an estimated 50 homes were destroyed on Tongatapu but that nobody needed to use emergency shelters. She said about 90 people on the nearby island of ‘Eua were using shelters.

U.N. humanitarian officials and Tonga’s government has reported “significant infrastructural damage” around Tongatapu.

“There has been no contact from the Ha’apai Group of islands, and we are particularly concerned about two small low-lying islands — Mango and Fonoi — following surveillance flights confirming substantial property damage,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

New Zealand’s High Commission in Tonga also reported significant damage along the western coast of Tongatapu, including to resorts and the waterfront area.

Like other island nations in the Pacific, Tonga is regularly exposed to the extremes of nature, whether it be cyclones or earthquakes, making people more resilient to the challenges they bring.

Indeed, Greenwood said Tonga does not want an influx of aid workers following the eruption. Tonga is one of the few remaining places in the world that has managed to avoid any outbreaks of the coronavirus, and officials fear that if outsiders bring in the virus it could create a much bigger disaster than the one they’re already facing.

Another worry, said Greenwood, is that the volcano could erupt again. She said there is currently no working equipment around it which could help predict such an event.

Satellite images captured the spectacular eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Saturday, with a plume of ash, steam and gas rising like a giant mushroom above the South Pacific. The volcano is located about 64 kilometers (40 miles) north of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa.

Two people drowned in Peru, which also reported the oil spill after waves moved a ship that was transferring oil at a refinery.

In Tonga, British woman Angela Glover, 50, was one of those who died after being swept away by a wave, her family said.

Nick Eleini said his sister’s body had been found and that her husband survived. “I understand that this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs,” Eleini told Sky News. He said it had been his sister’s life dream to live in the South Pacific and “she loved her life there.”

New Zealand’s military said it hoped the airfield in Tonga would be opened either Wednesday or Thursday. The military said it had considered an airdrop but that was “not the preference of the Tongan authorities.”

New Zealand also sent a navy ship to Tonga on Tuesday, with another planned to leave later in the day, and pledged an initial 1 million New Zealand dollars ($680,000) toward recovery efforts.

Australia sent a navy ship from Sydney to Brisbane to prepare for a support mission if needed.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday said China is preparing to send drinking water, food, personal protective equipment and other supplies to Tonga as soon as flights resume.

The U.N. World Food Program is exploring how to bring in relief supplies and more staff and has received a request to restore communication lines in Tonga, which is home to about 105,000 people, Dujarric said.

Communications with the island nation are limited because the single underwater fiber-optic cable that connects Tonga to the rest of the world was likely severed in the eruption. The company that owns the cable said the repairs could take weeks.

Samiuela Fonua, who chairs the board at Tonga Cable Ltd., said the cable appeared to have been severed soon after the eruption. He said the cable lies atop and within coral reef, which can be sharp.

Fonua said a ship would need to pull up the cable to assess the damage and then crews would need to fix it. A single break might take a week to repair, he said, while multiple breaks could take up to three weeks. He added that it was unclear when it would be safe for a ship to venture near the undersea volcano to undertake the work.

A second undersea cable that connects the islands within Tonga also appeared to have been severed, Fonua said. However, a local phone network was working, allowing Tongans to call each other. But he said the lingering ash cloud was continuing to make even satellite phone calls abroad difficult.

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Associated Press journalist Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.

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Spy X Family Chapter 63 Read Manga Online And Release Date

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Spy X Family Chapter 63 release date is announced, it is set to release on 29th May 2022. Fans are very excited about the series and are eagerly waiting.

There will be some delay in the RAW release and the release of the translated version. This Countdown will help you track the release of Spy X Family Chapter 63.

NOTE: IF THE COUNTER IS STOPPED THEN THE CHAPTER IS ALREADY RELEASED

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We all love manga, right? Have you ever read Spy X Family? If yes then this article is for you. It is a Japanese anime series made by Tatsuya Endo. The story revolves around a guy who has to perform a mission and for that he makes a fake family.

But, little does he know that the girl he hired to be his daughter is a mind reader and his fake wife is an assassin. The story is really fascinating for the readers who love mystery, action, and comedy. In this article, we are going to talk about the release date of the upcoming chapter 63, along with the spoilers as well the details about each character. 

So without wasting time, let’s get started.

Spy X Family Chapter 63 Release Date

Spy X Family is a very famous series and was first released on 25th March 2019. However, its upcoming Spy X Family Chapter 63 is announced, and it is set to release on 29th May 2022. 

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Spy X Family Chapter 63 Raw Scan Release Date

As the release date for Chapter 163 of Spy X Family is set for 29th May, Many people are wondering if they could find the raw scan of the chapter.

Well they could, this is because the raw scan of a particular chapter releases 2-3 days before the release of the actual chapter. Therefore you can find Spy X Family Chapter 63 Raw Scan on Internet communities such as 4chan and Reddit.

Spy X Family Chapter 63 Highlights

Though the series is new, it is gaining popularity and receiving love from the people. Some believe that the majority of the manga series do not receive much popularity but this series is breaking their misconception.

The name of the guy who had to form a family is Loud, who makes up a fake family that includes his wife, Yor Forger and Anya as his daughter. But they are hiding something as they have a mission of their own. 

Spy X Family Chapter 62 Recap

The Spy X Family Chapter 62 begins with Damian and his colleagues participating in the drill of a conflict. The small kids were acting as though they were determined to save the world from foes. Be that as it may, when he returned home, Damian got a slap from his dad.

He was furious that Damian had been playing disaster area games with his companions once more. His dad expressed that there was no conflict and that he ought to just contemplate harmony. That evening, he contemplated how huge of a scoundrel his dad war.

Along these lines, the following time the young men participated in the conflict preparing games, Damian wouldn’t join his group. That day, it was all over in the news that the Eastern districts were to do battle with the west. All of a sudden, every one of them heard a bomb impact in the city. The radio reported that the Ostanian armed force had crossed the line and sent off assaults against the eastern territories.

Spy X Family Chapter 63 Expectation

In the accompanying chapter, fans can expect to see the continuation of the tale of the conflict. Despite the fact that youngsters in war is a weighty idea for a satire manga to deal with, Spy X Family Chapter 63 won’t let us down.

Damian is a kid who is exceptionally enlivened to serve the dirt with his solidarity. This is the justification for why he generally took part in such exercises in school also. Presently, the following section will investigate how he joins the conflict in the west.

Spy X Spy Chapter 63 Read Manga Online And Release Date

In spite of the fact that his dad’s words have made a home in his heart, Damian wouldn’t leave the chance of being a piece of a real conflict. Hence, after a long showdown with himself, he chooses to face the challenge. In any case, the young man probably won’t accomplish something as gallant. He could require saving from a senior expert in the following section.

Where Can You Spy X Family Chapter 63 Online?

In order to read the manga online, head on to MangaPlus by Shueisha to read the latest chapters for free. The first 3 and the latest 3 chapters are free to read but due to licensing issues, the chapters in between can’t be accessed.

Spy X Family can also be bought on VIZ. We recommend you to read the manga from legal sources so that the creators can get as much support as they need.

Stay with StanfordArts Review for more updates.

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Winderman’s view: Jimmy Butler makes his stand, plus other Heat-Celtics thoughts

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Observations and other notes of interest from Friday night’s 111-103 NBA playoff victory over the Boston Celtics:

– Yes, Jimmy Butler had to call it a night at halftime of Game 3.

– Yes, he hardly was his typical aggressive self in Game 4 and 5.

– No matter what the Heat did, or did not, offer on their injury report, the issue there is real.

– The knee, or something connected to the knee, has not been right.

– But this effort also showed plenty of who Butler is and what he is for this team.

– With his team facing elimination, he mustered.

– In the scoring column.

– On the boards.

– With his passing.

– And on the defensive end.

– The 2020 bubble seemed to be the height of playoff Jimmy, in that Heat run to the NBA Finals.

– But what these efforts, particularly Friday’s, show is that there still is plenty there.

– Even as some point to his age.

– Or the remaining years on his contract.

– He remains a force.

– LeBron James once walked into this arena in must-win Game 6 and showed out.

– Considering Butler’s bum knee, the mere fact he showed up with this type of effort showed plenty.

– Too many years left on a contract that run through the 36th birthday?

– Not an argument on this night.

– Just a study in perseverance.

–True to his word at the morning shootaround, Heat coach Spoelstra stayed with his starting lineup of Bam Adebayo, P.J. Tucker, Butler, Kyle Lowry and Max Strus.

– Even with Lowry slowed by his hamstring strain.

– Even with Strus arguably entering amid his worst NBA slump.

– With the start, Tucker moved past Giannis Antetokounmpo for 99th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– With their starts, Butler and Lowry moved past Buck Williams for 77th on the NBA all-time playoff list and tied Kevin Johnson for 76th.

– With his start, Adebayo tied Shaquille O’Neal for seventh on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– The Celtics opened with their when-healthy usual of Al Horford, Robert Williams III, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.

– A pair of quick Tucker fouls had Caleb Martin entering as the Heat’s first reserve.

– Gabe Vincent then followed.

– Then Duncan Robinson, in the wake of the Heat’s 5-of-8 start from the field.

– With Victor Oladio entering at the start of the second period, making it nine deep.

– Which left Dewayne Dedmon again removed from the equation, as also was the case in Game 5.

– Lowry’s first assist came 71 seconds in. He did not have one in Wednesday night’s Game 5.

– He then converted a 3-pointer with 9:02 to play in the opening period, his first points in two games.

– Lowry’s first assist moved him past Sam Cassell for 45th on the NBA all-time playoff list. His third moved him past Julius Erving for 44th.

– Butler’s second point moved him past Sam Perkins for 77th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s first 3-point attempt moved him past former Heat guard Mario Chalmers for 76th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s third assist moved him past Pau Gasol for 71st on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s 17th point moved him past Hal Greer for 75th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s second free-throw attempt moved him past Chris Paul for 59th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Spoelstra was asked pregame about the success of the Celtics with the short roll of guard Derrick White.

– “Yeah, you just have to have ultra-awareness on the weak side,” he said. “It’s almost like you have to visualize that he’s a 7-footer. You would never allow a 7-footer just to go untouched through the lane. So it’s just a different dynamic.”

– Spoelstra added, “We’ve been able to manage that before. Most teams eventually do get to that against us, particularly in the playoffs.”

– Considering the Celtics were down 3-2 before eliminating the Bucks in the previous round, Celtics coach Ime Udoka was taking nothing for granted.

– “We’ve been in this position before, Game 6 against Milwaukee,” he said pregame. “We understand Miami’s mindset coming out. Have to match that intensity, sense of urgency and physicality they’re going to bring.”

– He added, “We’ve talked about being the hunted – the hunter, earlier in the series against Milwaukee. Now we’re on the other side.”

– Udoka did not exactly reminisce pregame about being in 11th place in the East as late as Jan. 16, but he did take time to reflect.

– “We weren’t even thinking that far down the road honestly. We were thinking about getting healthy, understanding the system we were trying to put in place,” he said. “We always had glimpses of success. We were just trying to be consistent for the most part, understanding that we were really good defensively all along. Offensively trying to get our guys on the same page, get them to understand what we needed from them. That was the goal at that point.”

– He added, “But we did see good things early on at times. Just up and down, inconsistent a little bit. But we were always optimistic if we got healthy and our defense would carry over, offensively we’d continue to improve. The good signs were we played really good against the big teams. We had some poor losses against some of the lesser teams. For the most part we were competing against the best teams. That bodes well for the future.”

– David Ortiz was among those in the crowd.

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Carlos Correa finds missing power in Twins’ 10-7 victory over Kansas City

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Carlos Correa started Friday’s game against Kansas City having reached base in 16 straight games, raising his batting average from .200 to .280.

“I’m getting my walks, I’m getting my base hits,” the Twins shortstop said before the game. “It’s just the power that’s missing a little bit.”

He took care of that on Friday while extending his on-base streak to 17 games.

Correa broke a 4-4 tie with a 432-foot home run into the Twins’ half of the bullpen to lead off the fourth inning, and Nick Gordon and Gio Urshela each drove in a pair of runs with two-out hits as Minnesota snapped a two-game skid with a 10-7 victory over the Royals in front of 21,841 at Target Field.

The Twins broke open a 6-5 game in with four runs in the eighth inning — three with two out — to extend their American League Central lead to five games over idle Chicago. Correa’s homer was his third this season, and first since May 4.

After resting his sore right ankle for three straight games, second baseman Jorge Polanco started the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning — part of the Twins’ 15-hit attack — and Trevor Larnach drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Luis Arraez, batting leadoff while Byron Buxton rested his sore right knee, went 2 for 5 with a walk, run scored and RBI.

After Yennier Cano gave up two runs in the ninth on MJ Melendez’s solo home run and a run-scoring double by Emmanuel Rivera, Emilo Pagan struck out Nicky Lopez for his team-leading seventh save. Twins starter Bailey Ober lasted only three innings, leaving with a 4-3 lead after throwing 60 pitches. Trevor Megill (1-1) pitched 2⅔ innings for the victory.

Brad Keller (1-5) took the loss, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in four innings.

The Twins broke out big in the first inning. Arraez singled sharply to right to start. Correa followed with a rocket to deep left-center that was tracked down by Andrew Benintendi, but Polanco followed with a towering home run into the plaza in right field for a 2-0 lead.

After Max Kepler grounded out to second, Gary Sanchez singled and Trevor Larnach walked ahead of Urshela, who singled to center to score Sanchez and sent Larnach to third. Nick Gordon, playing center field in place of Buxton, then slapped an opposite-field single to left to score Larnach and make it 4-0. The Twins, however, left the bases loaded when Arraez struck out.

Ober set the Royals down in order in the second, two on strikeouts, before the Twins loaded the bases with two out in the second on singles by Max Kepler and Sanchez and a walk by Larnach, but Urshela grounded out to first to end the threat. The Royals quickly took advantage.

After putting runners at first and second on one-out singles by Nicky Lopez and Whit Merrifield, Bobby Witt Jr. doubled off the scoreboard in left-center to plate two, and Witt Jr. scored on a single by Hunter Dozier to make it 4-3.

Ober never came out for the fourth, leaving after throwing 60 pitches with a drop in his typical velocity. Left-hander Danny Coulombe, fresh off the injured list, allowed the first three batters he faced to reach on a single to Ryan O’Hearn, walk to Rivera and a game-tying single by Lopez.

Lopez stole second before Merrifield lined out to Urshela at third – he lept high to stab a rocket bound for the left-field corner – and Benintendi reached on a walk to put runners at first and third. Baldelli replaced Coulombe with Trevor Megill, and the big right-hander coaxed a 5-4-3 double play grounder by Witt Jr. on his first pitch to keep the game knotted.

Correa then homered to start the Twins half of the fourth, and Polanco scored on Larnach’s sacrifice fly to give the Twins a 6-4 lead.

Twins right-hander Joe Smith started the seventh and gave up a leadoff home run to Witt Jr. to make it 6-5, then walked Dozier before getting a 4-6-3 double-play grounder from Melendez. He then walked Carlos Santana, bringing left-hander Caleb Thielbar to pitch to lefty O’Hearn. The designated hitter popped to first baseman Arraez on the first pitch he saw to end the inning.

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