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The birth of a new volcano

A new undersea volcano has appeared off the coast of East Africa

A new undersea volcano has appeared off the coast of East Africa.
The sea floor between Madagascar and Mozambique has become increasingly seismically active in the last year. As well as the appearance of this active volcano, local islands are now experiencing frequent earthquakes.

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Presenter: Roland Pease
Producer: Julian Siddle

(Image caption: Multibeam sonar waves, reflecting off the sea floor near the French island of Mayotte, reveal the outline of an 800-meter-tall volcano (red) and a rising gas-rich plume. Credit: MAYOBS team (CNRS / IPGP -Universit├ę de Paris / Ifremer / BRGM)

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