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West Mata underwater volcano. Image of the West Mata volcano erupting, showing bands of glowing molten lava exposed as a pillow tube extrudes down a slope. 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 0.9 metres across. Photographed on 12th May 2009.
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