Back in July 2012 a little known underwater volcanic area known as the Havre Seamount off the coast of New Zealand erupted and now after 5 years of analysis it’s been determined that it was one of the largest eruptions in modern history! Yet, no one realized just how large this eruption was at the time because it happened under the ocean.
The Havre Seamount wasn’t even discovered until 2002 and even then researchers had no idea it was volcanic. That was until 2012 when it did erupt. On top of the ocean water it created a “raft” of pumice (porous floating rock) that was seen by passengers on an airliner that just happened to be flying over the area at the time. This “raft” may ave been 150 square miles in size and that in itself is astounding! The thickness of the pumice was about 16 ft thick.
But this huge underwater eruption just didn’t come out of one volcano cone. Rather, it came from an amazing FOURTEEN vent sites somewhere between 900-1220 meters (3000-4000 ft) deep. It’s being called one of the largest eruptions ever recorded and some sources are saying it is THE largest ever recorded.
So here is my question……………….
This underwater volcanic area wasn’t even discovered until 2002 and even then we had no idea it was a volcanic field. So how many more of these underwater volcanic fields are out there that we don’t know about???? And how many underwater volcanoes are erupting and warming the ocean water that we don’t yet know about???
Obsessed with our cell phones, computers, and video games none of us realizes just how close to the edge we really live. Kind of scary when you think about it.
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