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The volcanic eruption near Tonga shredded an 80-kilometer stretch of undersea cable, complicating efforts to reconnect the Pacific kingdom after a month of digital darkness, the company overseeing repairs says.

Tonga Cable Limited chief executive James Panuve said a repair ship had located the severed ends of the 840 kilometer-long cable linking Tonga to Fiji that was cut in the Jan. 15 blast.

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