Anchorage’s Polynesian community has collected thousands of pounds of clothing, food, water and other goods for Tonga.
Two workers tested positive Tuesday, local media reported, after the Ministry of Health increased testing at the wharf they worked at amid a flow of international aid.
The emphasis on keeping disease out is rooted in Tongan history. Years ago, Westerners brought diseases like smallpox, the plague and measles into the country
Safe drinking water is one of the most immediate needs. The volcanic ash and seawater have contaminated the island chain’s potable supply and the government there has advised people to drink only bottled water.
Hours before tsunami waves arrived, sounds from the eruption reached Alaskans from Juneau to the Aleutians.
There has been very little contact with Tonga since Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai erupted.