Largest eruption in recorded history – And we didn’t even know it

10 Jan 2018 – In July 2012, geologists noted the eruption of a previously little-known underwater volcanic area called Havre Seamount off the coast of New Zealand. Now, after almost 5 years of analysis, they say it was one of the largest eruptions in modern history. No one realized the enormous size of the eruption because it took place underwater.

High-resolution seafloor topography of the Havre caldera mapped by the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry shows the lava that erupted in 2012 in red. The volcano is nearly a mile deep (1,519 meters). The top of the volcano is at 650 meters below sea level. Credit: Rebecca Carey, University of Tasmania, Adam Soule, WHOI/

Havre Seamount wasn’t discovered until 2002, and even then researchers weren’t aware that the area was volcanic. But when the area erupted in 2012, “it offered passengers on an airline flight over the Southwest Pacific an unusual display: a raft of porous, floating rock (known as pumice), as big as 150 square miles – that’s 50% bigger than the surface of Paris.” (The raft was far, far larger than that. See note below.)

Location map of Havre volcano in the Kermadec arc, New Zealand. Open dots are locations of Kermadec arc volcanoes to the south of Havre. NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image taken at 01:26 UTC, 19 July 2012, ~21 hours after the onset of the pumice raft generation. A vapor plume is visible at the source of the raft; whether or not there were particles in the plume is unknown. The red dot is the location of Havre volcano.

Not just one volcanic cone, the eruption consisted of lava from 14 volcanic vent sites between 900 and 1220 meters (3000 and 4000 feet) below the ocean’s surface.

If the largest underwater eruption in recorded history could take place completely unbeknownst to scientists, can you imagine how many underwater volcanic eruptions may be heating the seas right now?

The headline on the article on called it “The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past century,” whereas the first sentence of the abstract calls it “the largest deep-ocean eruption in history.” The full article calls it the greatest such eruption “ever recorded,”  which I’m guessing is probably the correct description. (all italics mine)

The full article also mentions that the raft of floating pumice was probably 5 meters (more than 16 ft) thick, and was produced in a period of 21.5 hours or less. It’s hard to imagine that much pumice being created in such a short amount of time.


Abstract of science article here:

Full article here:

In 2012, I posted about a string of 50 newly discovered submarine volcanoes stretching along the Kermadec Ridge off the coast of New Zealand here:

Further note:
In 2012, I also posted about a 10,000-square-mile raft of floating pumice, which I assume came from the same eruption that they’re talking about here. At 10,000 square feet, that “raft” was bigger than the entire state of Vermont (9,616 square miles).

Thanks to Ronald Baker for this link

“It’s just the beginning for the volcanic uptick,” says Ronald. “The local magnetic environment is going through a change. Thank you for warning the world. You have done more than %90 percent of “scientists” and world “leaders” preparing us for whats coming/here. Bless you and yours.”

13 thoughts on “Largest eruption in recorded history – And we didn’t even know it

  1. Robert- In addition to underwater volcanoes, 200 years of high solar activity must be stored in the oceans – and is being released gradually, now that solar has tanked.

  2. i remember seeing the pics of it..was pretty impressive.
    whaddya reckon the heat and the minerals etc from that may have influenced the oceans along aussie east coast…ie the damned reef they love making bullshit warming/bleaching/acidity and anything else they reckon wil get PR for them and their “funding for further research’

  3. That is quite a mass of pumice rock if consolidated into one piece. 66.908 billion cubic feet. That would be like an area 67 feet thick x 22,956 acres if I got the math right.

  4. I read “somewhere”, That there are over 3,000+ active volcanoes “under” the Oceans of the World.

    I, too, ask, is this not a source of Ocean warming that Al Gore is screaming (lying) about?

    I’m just wondering when one of the surface volcanoes goes off.

  5. If the largest underwater eruption in recorded history could take place completely unbeknownst to scientists, can you imagine how many underwater volcanic eruptions may be heating the seas right now?

    I think they are looking for volcanic reasons to blame any cooling that may happen in the next few decades. This way, they can claim that the cooling is from volcanos (but carbon warming is still a threat).

  6. Dear Felix,
    If you do not want to publish my comments on silica volcanoes, I will still support you. But this is confirmation of the Japanese research: That solar minimums produce volcanoes. This is documented by articles I have already sent. I will always support you. You opened my eyes.

  7. Kramer is spot on….they still need to keep open the possibility of taxing your breath which by proxy really is your right to live…..How are people so gullible that they don’t see that is beyond me.

  8. Volcanic Gasses would have burped up to the Surface and thus entering the Atmosphere .. and thus interfering with Solar Irradiation and Earth’s Temperature..

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