posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 09:07 PM
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Well, if someones spent their life in the oceans experiencing these sorts of things, tells me this is the strangest thing in in relaton to size that
he's ever seen... its worth investigating.....
Not because this pumice is a threat, but because some underground event of such scale has occured in NZ, causing 2 dormant volcano eruptions in the
north (Link) as well as one massive
one underwater in the south causing this pumice raft.
Just to clarify, this recent finding of pumice is far to the North
of New Zealand near Raoul Island, about halfway between New Zealand and
Tonga. See this article
for a map of the area with markers corresponding to the location of the pumice
raft compared to Raoul Island and the underwater volcano Monowai.
Also, Tongariro and White Island would both have been considered active, although the terms dormant and active are rather loosely defined. The vents
near the current eruption on Tongariro last erupted about 115 years ago (with a potential unconfirmed eruption in the 1920's), although the nearby
cone considered part of the Tongariro massif last erupted in 1977. White Island is
New Zealand's most active volcano, with the last magmatic eruption occurring 12 years ago, and has ongoing hydrothermal activity.
In saying that, I have previously commented on the "coincidence" of both these volcanoes entering new eruptive phases within a day or two of each
other, even though geologists state there is probably no connection. Now with this volcano out to sea, I wouldn't rule out the possibility of some
unknown geological connection between the timing of these eruptions, but I can only speculate. But we are on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and future
volcanic activity is practically a certainty.