the fastest atmospheric waves ever seen

The massive eruption from the underwater Tonga volcano in the Pacific earlier

this year generated a blast so powerful, it sent massive pressure waves rippling

. These waves were the fastest ever observed within Earth's atmosphere, reaching speeds of 720 miles

his was a genuinely huge explosion, and truly unique in terms of what's been observed by science

study lead author Corwin Wright, a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Centre for Space

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Bath in the U.K., said in a statement(opens in new tab).

The atmospheric waves triggered by the volcano(opens in new tab) traveled at unprecedented speeds

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