Active submarine volcano sampled

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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On June 4, 1982, two full dredge hauls of fresh lava were recovered from the upper flanks of Kavachi submarine volcano, Solomon Islands, in the western Pacific Ocean, from the water depths of 1,200 and 2,700 feet. the shallower dredge site was within 0.5 mile of the active submarine vent shown at the surface by an area of slick water, probably caused by gas emissions. Kavachi is a composite stratovolcano that has been observed to erupt every year or two for at least the last 30 years (see photographs). An island formed in 1952, 1961, 1965, and 1978; but, in each case, it rapidly eroded below sea level. The latest eruption was observed by Solair pilots during the several weeks up to and including May 18, 1982. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Active submarine volcano sampled
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 15
Issue 4
Year Published 1983
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 2 p.
First page 148
Last page 149
Country Soloman Islands
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