We don’t get to see many volcanic eruptions underwater, so to make up for that, we like them to be pretty special when we do. It’s like nature making it up to you for not saying hello for a while.
It’s safe to say that you don’t get much more special than the eruption in the video above though. Nobody was hurt, which is always an essential first, and extraordinarily, the event caused a new island to be created in Tonga, 1.8km long by 1.5km wide.
“Visually it was quite spectacular, but there was no big sound that came with it. No boom. It was quite eerie….”
That’s Mother Nature clocking in and doing her thing right there.
According to Volcanologist Brad Scott – who has the coolest job title in the world – the volcano erupted around 56km from the country’s capital, growing until it reached the surface and subsequently creating a new island.
The island has not been named yet though, because scientists reckon it may not be around for too long. After the volcano has stopped erupting, the island will most likely erode back into the sea in a couple of months, so we would recommend against buying property on the temporary haven.
New Zealand volcanologist Nico Fournier – whose job title only gets cooler every time you say it – said: “It’s quite an exciting site. You get to see the birth of an island.
“Visually it was quite spectacular, but there was no big sound that came with it. No boom. It was quite eerie.”
Perhaps, then, this is not the volcanic appearing of a new island, but the arrival of a new alien species that the American government has been shielding from us for years. Only time will tell. Or your common sense. That could probably tell too.