West Mata underwater volcano

West Mata underwater volcano

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Caption: West Mata underwater volcano. Image of the West Mata volcano erupting, showing ash and rock thrown out by an explosion near its summit. Molten lava can be seen glowing below. West Mata was discovered in May 2009 and is the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered. It lies 4000 feet (1.2 kilometres) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, in an area bounded by Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. This image covers an area about 1.8 metres across. Photographed on 7th May 2009.

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