Amazing Photos Undersea Eruption Created a Tonga Island ~Inner Earth Inner Sun~
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 19:52
This undersea eruption created a new Island off the coast of Tonga in March of 2012.
Spectacular columns are spewing out of the sea about 6 miles (from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu - an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, geologists said.
Trade winds are blowing gas and steam. Tonga, a 170-island archipelago between Australia and Tahiti, is part of the Pacific "ring of fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through Vanuatu to Tonga. Scientists sailed to inspect an undersea volcano that has been erupting for days near Tonga — shooting smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the sky above the South Pacific ocean.
Volcanic activity in the sea off the Canary island of El Hierro is seen in this areal photo taken and released by the Canary Islands Government on Friday Nov. 4, 2011. The regional government of the Canary Islands on Saturday Nov. 5, 2011has ordered the evacuation of homes and road closures near the southern tip of El Hierro after two earth tremors and increased offshore volcanic activity caused a buildup of malodorous debris floating on the sea.Seismic activity began in the area on July 17 and residents have since been rocked by more than 10,000 tremors, while underwater fissures have released an almost continuous flow of sulfurous gases, smoke and hot objects.El Hierro has some 11,000 residents and was formed by volcanic activity
An eruption of an underwater volcano is seen in the Pacific Ocean near the uninhabited Minami Iwojima Island, about 1,400km (870 miles) south of Tokyo July 3, 2005. The Japanese Coast Guard sent a plane to investigate the approximately 1,000-metres (3,280-ft) column of steam after it was spotted on Saturday by a member of Japan's armed forces stationed on the island of Iwojima