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originally posted by: charlyv
So... the major contender would be a meteor strike in the deep ocean. They must be working this out.
Instead, BRGM's analysis suggests that this new activity may point to magmatic movement offshore—miles from the coast under thousands of feet of water. Though this is good news for the island inhabitants, it's irksome for geologists, since it's an area that hasn't been studied in detail.
“The location of the swarm is on the edge of the [geological] maps we have,” says Nicolas Taillefer, head of the seismic and volcanic risk unit at BRGM. “There are a lot things we don't know.” And as for the November 11 mystery wave, he says, “it's something quite new in the signals on our stations.”
Using these measurements, Pierre Briole of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris estimated that a magma body that measures about a third of a cubic mile is squishing its way through the subsurface near Mayotte.
“They're too nice; they're too perfect to be nature,” she jokes, although she quickly adds that an industrial source is impossible, since no wind farms or drilling are taking place in the deep waters off Mayotte's shores.
originally posted by: RadioRobert
Mayotte's signal was a clean zigzag dominated by one type of wave that took a steady 17 seconds to repeat.
originally posted by: muzzleflash
I'm thinking it is volcanic, but...
If it is Mothra I'm gonna be disappointed, I'd much prefer Ghidorah or Hedorah.