WG Muller, 1978 (Barrier Reef Cruises, Queensland, Australia; courtesy D. Tuni)/Smithsonian Institution – Global Volcanism Program Erupting underwater volcano
Stranger things have happened, that’s for sure. But this could be a first for many.
Scientists say an active underwater volcano in the Pacific has begun to erupt, spewing smoke and ash — plus, most likely, fragments of the highly adaptable sharks that live there — high into the atmosphere.
NASA recently released satellite images showing the Kavachi volcano, located near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific east of New Guinea, spouting huge plumes of water from the crater which has been dubbed the “Sharkcano”. .
Not Sharknadothe goofy Syfy franchise starting Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and a host of guest celebrities – including Gary Busey, Olivia Newton-John, Bret Michaels, Jackie Collins and real housewives mainstay Cynthia Bailey – fighting great white sharks flying through the air.
No, it’s “Sharkcano”.
The volcano earned this memorable nickname in 2015, when scientists were shocked to find two species of sharks, including hammerhead sharks, living – and thriving – in the hot, acid and sulfur water in the craterlocated deep in the ocean, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory.
Using a camera baited nearly 150 feet inside the crater, scientists also saw red trevallies, snappers, stingrays, jellyfish and silky sharks living in this extreme environment. wrote the researchers in a 2016 report. Oceanography article, “Exploring the ‘Sharkcano’: Biogeochemical Observations from the Underwater Volcano Kavachi (Solomon Islands).”
“Populations of gelatinous animals, small fish and sharks have been observed inside the active crater, raising new questions about the ecology of active submarine volcanoes and the extreme environments in which large marine animals can exist,” the scientists wrote in the 2016 paper.
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The January 2015 expedition to the Kavachi volcano, which lies about 15 miles south of Vangunu Island in the Solomon Sea, “has coincidentally coincided with a rare lull in volcanic activity that allowed to access the interior of the active Kavachi crater and its flanks,” the scientists wrote.
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The volcano entered an eruptive phase in October 2021, according to the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program.
NASA released satellite images of the volcano erupting on May 14, showing discolored water around the volcano repeatedly between April and May 2022, NASA’s Earth Observatory reported.
According to the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program, the volcano began erupting in October 2021.
Kavachi had other major eruptions in 2007 and 2014. Its first recorded eruption was in 1939.