May 25, 2022 11:04 GMT+7
NASA shared images showing a shark volcano located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean entering an eruption stage that worries scientists.
Kavachi, dubbed the shark volcano, is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, south of Vangunu Island in the Solomon Islands.
The US space agency NASA announced that the volcanic area inhabited by sharks is entering a powerful eruption phase.
Magnetic images of the planet clearly show a cloud of discolored water escaping from an underground volcano. The Global Volcano Monitoring Group said the volcano entered the eruption phase recently.
According to NASA, Mount Kavachi is one of the most active underground volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean. The volcano is about 24 km south of Vangunu island.
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Terrestrial volcanoes are better known and easier to study than easily accessible locations, but underground volcanoes like Kavachi, located in the Pacific Ocean, are more difficult to study because they are located deep under water.
To look inside the Kavachi crater, scientists deployed a camera that dropped bait to a depth of about 50 meters.
Kavachi volcano is named after a sea god of the islanders of New Georgia. This place became famous after it was discovered that it is home to many species of marine wildlife, including two species of sharks living in the crater in 2015.
The sharks here can survive in harsh environments, tolerant of hot and acidic water. Volcanic eruptions have scientists worried about the habitat for the marine species around. Before that, the volcano had a big eruption in 2007. Many residents living on the nearby island often see a tall column of steam and ash.
NASA’s latest discovery reveals Kavachi eruption helps beachgoers know to stay away from the volcano. Pieces of rock that have erupted from the volcano can pose a danger to ships. This volcanic eruption is not expected to cause tsunamis or serious geological changes.
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