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ROV Jason Images the Discovery of the Deepest Explosive Eruption on the Sea Floor

May 2009
Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor.

Jason, designed and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the National Deep Submergence Facility, utilized a prototype, high-definition still and video camera to capture the powerful event nearly 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, in an area bounded by Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

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West Mata Eruption, 2009 (Clip 1)
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West Mata Eruption, 2009 (Clip 1)

(Courtesy NSF, NOAA, UW, and WHOI Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab)

West Mata Eruption, 2009 (Clip 2)
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West Mata Eruption, 2009 (Clip 2)

Courtesy NSF, NOAA, UW, and WHOI Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab