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Birth of an island: Underwater volcano erupts in the Atlantic

November 11, 2011 - 01:43 PM
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A volcano spewing black water and toxic gasses is slowly rising out of the sea near the Canary Islands.

The Canary Islands, a Spanish-claimed archipelago off the coast of Morocco, have an explosive history, literally: All seven of the largest islands were formed by hot volcanic vents pushing upward through cold Atlantic waters. With the rare exception, these reeking peaks have all detonated in the last million years. The islands are also home to the third tallest oceanic volcano in the world, Mount Teide, known as a "Decade Volcano" for its history of destructive blasts and potential for snuffing out large quantities of life.

So it's no surprise that something over in the Canaries is erupting right now. Meet the newest island of the bunch, a yet-unnamed lava-barfer situated near tiny El Hierro, the "Island of the Apocalypse":

The cone that is pumping out magma is located more than 600 feet below the sea surface, and it's unknown how long it could take for a craggy finger of something solid to poke out from the waves. It might never even happen. For now, the hidden vent is making its presence felt by sickening at least one volcanic technician and killing scads of fish, making it quite popular with local felines.

Another view of the underwater volcano makes it look like a giant just did a cannonball into the Atlantic:

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