Appears to have erupted near continuously since it was first observed in 2008. (Gee. I wonder what is heating our seas?)
West Mata volcano lies near the islands of Fiji in the southwestern Pacific in the Lau Basin.
“Here, the rate of subduction — the process in which one massive tectonic plate dives under another, typically forming chains of volcanoes — is the highest on Earth, and the region hosts ample signs of recent submarine volcanism.”
“It was absolutely stunning and exciting, something we’d never seen on the seafloor before,” researcher Joseph Resing, an oceanographer at the University of Washington in Seattle, told OurAmazingPlanet. This submarine eruption is the deepest seen yet, about 2,200 feet (700 m) deeper than NW Rota-1. This was deeper than scientists had expected to see explosive eruptions.”
“West Mata appears to have erupted near continuously since it was first observed in 2008.”
Gee. I wonder what is heating our seas?
Thanks to Wanda and Martin Hoer for this link