West Mata underwater volcano

West Mata underwater volcano

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Caption: West Mata underwater volcano. Remotely-operated vehicle, called Jason, sampling fluid at an eruptive area near the summit of the West Mata underwater volcano. 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.

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