NASA Images Reveal Eruption Of Unusual Shark Volcano

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According to NASA, an undersea volcano in the Pacific Ocean has started erupting. Sharks that can survive in frigid waters call this place home. Kavachi Volcano, one of the most energetic undersea volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean, is located off the coast of the Solomon Islands, some 950 kilometers northeast of Australia. 15 miles off the coast of Vangunu Island in the Oceanic nation. With a depth of 3,960 feet and a top of 65 feet below sea level, it’s the deepest point on Earth. This volcano started erupting in October, according to Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program satellite data from April and May of this year.

A volcanic cloud observable on the ocean’s surface, seen by NASA’s Operational Land Imager-2 on Landsat 9 on May 14, now proves the eruption. Magma and water combine to produce explosive eruptions, according to NASA.

Submarine Eruption of Kavachi Volcano
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How is this volcano different?

The species that live near this volcano, on the other hand, are what set it apart. During a pause phase of activity in 2015, an expedition to the Kavachi Volcano discovered that two types of sharks, notably hammerheads, were thriving in and around the crater. Volcanic particles and pieces from the volcano were continually being released into the water, leaving it overheated, with temperatures of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The volcano was discovered to be home to a variety of other fish as well. Observations within the active crater revealed populations of gelatinous organisms, tiny fish, and sharks, raising new concerns regarding the ecology of active undersea volcanoes and the harsh circumstances in which huge marine species might survive.

NASA reports that the neighboring islands that were formed as a consequence of the volcano’s ongoing eruptions since 1939 have been destroyed and swept away by waves in the ocean. Residents on surrounding islands were able to observe steam and ash from the 2007 and 2014 eruptions, according to NASA.

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