A NASA satellite captured the moment a massive underwater volcano erupted in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
This particular volcano – the Kavachi Volcano – is well known to scientists after an oceanic study conducted there in 2015.
Researchers found that fish and sharks live in the superheated, sulfur-enriched, acidic waters around the volcano.
The water contains volcanic rock fragments and it is believed that the sharks actually mutated to help them cope with the extreme conditions.
“Populations of gelatinous animals, small fish and sharks have been observed within the active crater, raising new questions about the ecology of active underwater volcanoes and the extreme environments in which large marine animals can live,” the scientists wrote at the time.
“Microbial samples collected from the peak indicate chemosynthetic populations dominated by sulfur-reducing ε-proteobacteria.”
Two species of sharks — the silky and scalloped hammerhead — were actually filmed swimming near the volcano during a research visit.
Since then, scientists have studied the creatures that live around and inside the massive volcano, whose base extends 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) to the sea floor.
Kavachi has even earned the nickname “Sharkcano” because of the harsh conditions the residents live in.
The latest burst was captured by NASA using the Operational Land Imager – a powerful raster telescope aboard the orbiting Landsat 8 satellite.
It is capable of capturing detailed photos of land and sea from space.
The NASA image shows a large plume of discolored water emerging from the submerged volcano. According to the space agency, it took several days between April and May 2022.
“Prior to this recent activity, large eruptions were observed at Kavachi in 2014 and 2007,” NASA said in a statement.
“The volcano erupts almost continuously, and residents of nearby inhabited islands often report visible steam and ash.
“The island is named after a sea god of the Gatokae and Vangunu peoples and is sometimes referred to as Rejo te Kvachi or ‘Kavachi’s Furnace'”.
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