Undersea volcano erupted off Oregon coast

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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.

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