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Scientists stumble over active underwater volcano in Southeast

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 WhiteHorse    601

Scientists stumble over active underwater volcano in Southeast

He and a Canadian counterpart found the volcano Sept. 23 during a study of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System. That’s been the epicenter of some recent earthquakes. “We had just completed some survey work and we modified our line to go to another place to look. And as we were transiting, we came across this big plume and this big cone where the plume was coming out of,” he said.

The plume, made up of methane gas, was being released by a volcanic vent about 3,000 feet below. It stretched up about two-thirds of the way to the ocean’s surface.


The fact that they found this researching an earthquake swarm is very interesting. There has been a lot of unrest in the Alaska vicinity recently. I know there are a lot of underwater volcanoes and a theory has it that heating of the oceans are attributed to this. The sonar snip shows that the cone is releasing a large plume of methane. 

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