No, the Juan De Fuca did NOT go 'off'. This is a volcano that they have apparantly known about since 98, but it wasn't until this past week that
they discovered a new lava flow on the sea bed and were able to determine that the eruption took place on April 9th (of this year...two weeks after
the Japan quake)
There are actually several volcanos off-shore. There was a recent article going around here about undersea volcanos in General. You are especially
going to find them in areas of subduction zones....hence the cascade range.
For those familiar with this region, it shouldn't be at all surprising to hear about these volcanos...I mean, our whole coast is littered with them.
I am surrounded by active volcanos...one hangs over the City of Seattle.
Is it exciting to hear about? Most definately! The more they know of and can therefore study, the bigger picture they get which may some day help
contribute to forcasating when the next 'big one' may be. The ultimate goal. At the rate we are going however, I don't think it'll come soon
I especially like this quote from the article:
"The acid test in science - whether or not you understand a process in nature - is to try to predict what will happen based on your
observations," he says.
For anyone interested in learning more about this area, I discuss another off-shore volcano and some theories in my washington state thread (link in
my sig). I take it all a bit further in a more recent thread...my 'putting it all together' one, also in my signature line. This recent eruption
is another important piece to this ever-growing puzzle!
Here are some pics of some of the volcanos near me:
Mount Baker as seen near my home:
Mount Rainier up close near Pacwood, wa:
Mount Rainier as seen from I5 near Seattle, wa
Mount Saint Helens as seen South of Seattle near the Oregon border:
Ironically, the closest volcano to me is also the most dangerous, but not visible. I didn't even know it was there until last year,....called
Glacier Peak. SO...no pics
Visit my other threads for all sorts of maps and info!