NASA satellite captures images of Kavachi undersea volcano eruption

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NASA’s Earth Observatory has released satellite images of an erupting underwater volcano.

The photo, taken on May 14 by Operational Land Imager 2 on the Landsat 9 satellite, shows a cloud of discolored water being emitted from the volcano in the middle of the sea. The satellite was designed to capture high-resolution images of our planet.

The Kavachi volcano in the Solomon Islands is one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the Pacific, NASA said. The volcano is about 24 kilometers south of an island called Vangunu.

Kavachi was nicknamed “Sharkano” (shark + volcano) after a 2015 expedition to the site revealed the crater was an unlikely home for two shark species, suggesting large marine animals can exist in an extreme environment, tolerating hot and acidic water.

A hammerhead and silky shark were among several species of fish seen living on the active volcano by researchers. To peer inside the Kavachi Crater, scientists deployed a baited drop camera to a depth of 50 meters, according to the journal Oceanography.

The volcano erupts almost continuously, according to NASA, and steam and ash are often visible. The neighboring island is named after a sea god of the Gatokae and Vangunu people, and is sometimes also called Rejo te Kvachi, or “Kavachi Oven”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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