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Underwater Volcano Erupts Off Oregon’s Coast Last Week

This began on April 24, less than 24 hours before the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal.

“Axial Seamount is an underwater mountain that juts up 3,000 feet (900 meters) from the ocean floor, and is part of a string of volcanoes that straddle the Juan de Fuca Ridge, a tectonic-plate boundary where the seafloor is spreading apart.”-NBC

Sensors detected that a possible eruption was underway on April 23. After reporting hundreds then thousands of small earthquakes each day near Axial Seamount, they detected more than 8,000 tiny quakes over a 24-hour span. Pressure sensors began to detect the seafloor dropping, a sign that magma was erupting.a In total, the seafloor has dropped 8 feet (2.4 meters) in the past week. Though it seems the eruption has slowed down, the volcano is still expelling magma as of Friday.

Although Geologists Bill Chadwick, of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University, and Scott Nooner, of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, were able to forecast the eruption last year in a blog post, it still came as a surprise. It seems the Earth is going through an intense period of shifting, and cleansing. This not only happened during the same time window as the Nepal earthquake, but the Chile volcano eruption as well.

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