Tonga accepts Bitcoin donations amid tsunami onslaught

Friday’s shockwave was caused by a volcanic eruption at the Hunga Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcano.

After the initial eruption, more eruptions followed, leaving Tongatapu, Tongana’s main island, to confront a tsunami.

Despite the hardships, crypto owners expressed sympathy and pledged to donate Bitcoin (BTC), to support the relief efforts. Twitter user onair_blair asked Lord Fusitu’a, a former Tongan lawmaker, to create a wallet address so people could donate bitcoins to Tonga’s relief fund.

People fled to higher ground after waves of up to 4 feet (1.2m) covered roads and property. There have been no reports of casualties at the time this article was written. Aid organizations are concerned about water and air contamination.

Lord Fusitu’a replied with a BTC wallet account and a link to where people can donate fiat for the relief operations. Since yesterday, the address has received 0.10794983 BTC ($4,625.29).

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Lord Fusitu’a spoke to Cointelegraph last Friday about plans to harness the geothermal energy of volcanoes for Bitcoin mining operations to help the country’s finances. There are 21 volcanoes in the country. According to Lord Fusitu’a, each volcano generates 95,000 megawatts per hour, leaving plenty of power. This will be distributed to Tongan families.

Former lawmaker noted that the country was set to follow El Salvador’s decision to make Bitcoin legal tender. Lord Fusitua, in a series tweets published Jan. 12, stated that this could occur as soon as November or December of this year.