Jason Close-up of West Mata Volcano Magma Explosions and Lava Flows

This spectacular sequence is a closer view of the eruption, with violent magma degassing events producing bright flashes of hot magma. Lava is blown up into the water before settling back to the se floor, and large plugs of lava flow rapidly down the slope. In the foreground is the front of the Jason remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with sampling hoses. The area in view is about 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) across in an eruptive area approximately the length of a football field that runs along the summit. Video courtesy of National Science Foundation (NSF), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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