Underwater Volcano Kavachi Starts to Erupt in the Pacific Ocean

Submarine volcanoes like Kavachi can be more challenging to study depending on how deep they are. (Barrier Reef Cruises, Queensland)

Satellite imagery shows Kavachi, one of the most active submarine volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean and most known for its shark inhabitants, is showing increased plumes.

Better-known aerial volcanoes are easier to study because their higher elevations typically make them more accessible. But submarine volcanoes like Kavachi, located in the southwest Pacific Ocean in the Solomon Islands, can be more challenging to study depending on how deep they are.

Kavachi was formed by plate tectonics, explains Kadie Bennis, a volcano data researcher at the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program.

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“There is a whole bunch of different plates across the world that are moving on the mantle … when you have two plates that are coming together at certain boundaries, and one of them starts to subduct, for example, you could get a volcano popping up on one of those plates,” Bennis said. “And so that’s what’s happening at Kavachi.”

Bennis is part of a team that tracks volcanic activity using data from global volcano observatories and from space through NASA’s Earth Observatory and other spacecraft.

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SOURCE: New York Post; FOX Weather, Emilee Speck

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