(ORDO NEWS) — The US Geological Survey suspects that a volcano is erupting in the Pacific Ocean near the Northern Mariana Islands. This is stated on the website of the service.
The underwater volcano Ahii began to erupt in mid-October. The activity was recorded by hydroacoustic sensors about 2,000 km from Wake Island.
With the help of the Geophysical Laboratory in Tahiti and data from seismic stations in Guam and Japan, scientists have identified its source. However, experts cannot confirm this, since the volcano is inaccessible.
“There are no local monitoring stations near the underwater volcano Akhii, which limits our ability to detect and characterize volcanic disturbances there. We will continue to closely monitor the available seismic and satellite data,” the scientists noted.
Ahii is located in the Pacific Ocean, 18 km southeast of the Mariana Islands, at a depth of 137 meters. The underwater volcano is part of the Mariana Island Arc, which is a chain of more than 60 active volcanoes that stretch almost 1000 km to the west parallel to the Mariana Trench.
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