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The Melbourne Age, 11/04/02 page 6.
Scientists believe a new australian volcano could be in the process of creation after the apparent awakening of a volcano breeding ground off the victorian coast.
Geologists suspect an earthquake that originated 50Km from King Island in february signalled the reawakening of the hot spot, a region in the earths crust where the planet expels some of its internal heat, there are more than 100 hot spots worldwide.
Australias hot spot is several hundred Km wide and lies under Bass strait and parts of Victoria and Tasmania.
Wally johnson a vulcanologist at geosciences australia said that the fact that there were earthquakes taking place in the area means that geologically the hot spot has to be regarded as active even though it hasn't produced volcanic eruptions as such.
He said it could spawn a volcano within 100 years.
Originally posted by SkitzoFrenic
Aaaand the military helicopters are back....they were here for 20 mins, just circling over and over again...2 of them around 15 mins or so before the tremor, just heard 4.5 on the scale