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CSIR-NIO Discovers Submarine Volcano in Andaman Sea



  Mar 28, 2024

CSIR-NIO Discovers Active Submarine Volcano in Andaman Sea



Q: What did CSIR-NIO discover?

A: CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) discovered an active submarine volcano called Crater Seamount in the Andaman Sea.

Q: When was this discovery made?

A: Initial signs suggesting active volcanic activity were observed in 2007. However, confirmation of an active volcano came in 2021 through a dedicated expedition by CSIR-NIO.

Q: Where is Crater Seamount located?

A: It's located in the Andaman Sea, near the epicenter of a seismic zone active since 2007.

Q: What are the potential consequences of an eruption?

A: The volcano has the potential to trigger earthquakes and even tsunamis in the Java-Sumatra region.

Q: Can we predict when the volcano might erupt?

A: No, unfortunately, the timing of a potential eruption cannot be ascertained at this point.

Additional Information:

♦  Crater Seamount is a part of the Nicobar Submarine Volcanic Arc.
♦  The discovery of active gas venting from the volcano provided the key evidence of its active state.
♦ Scientists are continuing to study the volcano to understand the ongoing geophysical processes and potential risks.



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