Undersea volcano erupted off Oregon coast



CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An undersea volcano 250 miles off the Oregon coast erupted in April, just as scientists had predicted five years ago.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/q3wA8w ) Oregon State University geologist Bill Chadwick and Columbia University’s Scott Nooner confirmed the eruption in July when a research ship took them to the Axial Seamount volcano and instruments confirmed it had recently erupted.

The scientists have been monitoring the undersea volcano since a 1998 eruption. In a 2006 paper they predicted it would erupt again before 2014. The forecast was based on measurements of inflation and deflation of the sea floor caused by the movement of magma.


Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com