A BLANKET of black ash carpets Tonga's once-green landscape after the underwater volcano eruption.
The nightmarish image was revealed as the South Pacific nation remained cut off from the world yesterday.
Planes were unable to land on the main runway and the internet was disconnected due to a critical underwater cable being ruptured.
Three people were confirmed dead last night including Brit Angela Glover - but the death toll could rise.
Aerial images published online were taken from a New Zealand Defence Force reconnaissance plane.
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