Military flights sent to assess damage from Pacific volcano

  • This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (NICT via AP)

  • This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows an undersea volcano eruption, right, at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (NICT via AP)

  • This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows an undersea volcano eruption, right, at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (NICT via AP)

  • In this photo provided by the Australian Defense Force, a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 Poseidon aircraft prepares to depart an airbase in Amberly, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, to assist the Tonga government after the eruption of an undersea volcano. (LACW Emma Schwenke/ADF via AP)

  • In this photo provided by the Australian Defense Force a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 Poseidon aircraft departs an airbase in Amberly, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, to assist the Tonga government after the eruption of an undersea volcano. (LACW Emma Schwenke/ADF via AP)

  • In this photo provided by the New Zealand Defense Force, an Orion aircraft is prepared at a base in Auckland, New Zealand, local time today, before flying to assist the Tonga government after the eruption of an undersea volcano. (NZDF/via AP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation.