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Scientists Record Deepest Erupting Volcano Yet Discovered

December 18, 2009

ROV Jason gets a close view of magma explosions and lava flows on West Mata volcano (May 2009). Scientists recorded the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered, describing high-definition video of the undersea eruption as “spectacular.” Eruption of the West Mata volcano, discovered in May, occurred nearly 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, in an area bounded by Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Credit: NOAA and NSF



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