Crew Sailing Through the South Pacific Witnesses the Birth of an Island

By: | March 17th, 2016

The crew of the yacht ‘Maiken,’ while traveling in the south Pacific near the Vava’u Islands in Tonga, was amazed to see a weird sight. Sailors were stunned when they witnessed the birth of an island; they saw an underwater volcano creating a desert in the middle of the ocean.

As they were sailing, they didn’t know that a few miles away a volcano was erupting under the surface and spewing out new land. But as they approached, they saw a black plume in the air, and soon they realized that the underwater volcano had erupted. After some time, they found themselves surrounded by a huge raft of floating pumice stone which was pushed up by the volcano.

Sailors were thrilled at the prospect of being the first and only individuals to see a new island being created. The sailors clicked a lot of pictures to document the phenomenon, which makes for a series of remarkable photos.

The event was equally exciting for scientists, but when they reached the site six months later, much of the island had disappeared under the waves.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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