A sonar vehicle searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was lost after striking an underwater volcano.
25 Jan 2016 – The vehicle — called a towfish — was being towed behind a search vessel in the southern Indian Ocean when it struck a 7,200-ft (2,200 m)-high mud volcano, according to the Joint Agency Coordination Center.
As a result, the towfish’s cable broke, sending the vehicle and 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) of cable to the ocean floor.
As opposed to igneous or magma volcanoes, which erupt with lava, pressurized gases, hot water, and various sediments that have been heated deep below the earth’s surface create a mud slurry that is forced upward through a geological fault or fissure.
This is yet another instance of non-human-caused ocean warming.
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“Seems like we keep finding more under water volcano’s of all types searching for downed jet,” says Squatterman.