There’s been a seismic event off the coast of Africa that has led scientists to an unexpected discovery: there’s been revealed the most massive underwater volcanic eruption ever recorded.
This eruption is said also to explain a strange seismic event that has been recorded back in November 2018 off the island of Mayotte that’s located between Madagascar and Mozambique in the Indian Ocean.
A seismic hum heard all over the world
LiveScience reports that the experts have described that event as a seismic hum that has been going all over the world, but no one could understand what it is and where’s it coming from.
The online publication notes that “for starters, the hum rang at a single, ultralow frequency, which was strange because seismic waves usually rumble at many frequencies. Moreover, there were hardly any detectable “p-waves” or “s-waves,” which usually accompany earthquakes.”
They continue and say “And, incredibly, the island of Mayotte moved a few inches south and east after the mysterious event.”
It now seems that scientists have finally understood the reasons, The strange seismic hum was probably the birth announcement of an underwater volcano, says Science magazine.
The underwater volcano is enormous
This underwater volcano is an immense one, and it rises about a half a mile from the ocean floor.
It has the length of a 3.1-mile (5 km) race and lies about 31 miles (50 km) off Mayotte’s eastern coast. It was also reported that it appeared just six months.
Experts said that they have never seen anything like it before.
“We have never seen anything like this,” Nathalie Feuillet, a leader of an expedition to the site.
More details have to be uncovered about this, and one of them is whether this volcano is entirely new or whether it is sitting on an older volcanic structure, according to the experts.
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