The Largest Underwater Eruption Ever Just Cracked Open The Seafloor But Now Something Has Emerged
Back in 2014 scientists and researchers revealed a new and much more accurate map of the ocean floor revealing thousands of underwater mountains and volcanoes that were previously unknown to mankind.
Data collected by two satellite observatories namely the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2, and the Jason-1, operated by NASA and the French space agency CNES was utilized by researchers for creating this map. Both of these have instruments capable of measuring the topography of the ocean surface within a fraction of an inch.
David Sandwell, a geophysics professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who led the study has stated that it may not seem like a big deal but instead of seeing five thousand volcanoes down there we can see ten thousand.
Everyone knows a little bit about volcanoes and the devastating volcanic eruptions of the past including the Pinatubo, Saint Helena, Pompei and Krakatoa. These explosions caused a huge number of fatalities and immense damage to the surrounding regions. We’re all aware of the most recent Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption that occurred earlier this year and rattled the earth so badly it frightened even the bravest amongst us. It was the largest volcanic eruption of the 21st century that produced shock waves that were felt around the globe.
However this wasn’t just a one time event. In the recent decades, multiple above ground and underwater volcanoes are seemingly rising from their slumber. The 2022 eruption of the Hunga Tonga wasn’t a rare occurrence, in fact much more devastating eruptions have shook the planet in the past.
And the underwater eruptions are capable of causing even more damage than the above ground ones. The largest recorded underwater eruption that occurred in 2018 actually resulted in the birth of a giant ‘baby’, a skyscraper-sized underwater volcano
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