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NOAA Vents Scientists Discover Precursors to Undersea Eruption

June 19, 2012

Recently published papers on Axial Seamount in the journal Nature Geoscience present, for the first time, precursory signals recorded by seafloor instruments before an undersea volcanic eruption.  NOAA and Oregon State University scientists Dr. Bill Chadwick and Dr. Bob Dziak suggest that such signals could be used to issue both long-term and short-term forecasts of future eruptions at the site.

For more information please visit the NOAA Vents Program website.