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.
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.)
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 advances.sciencemag.org 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:
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.”