Seafloor Volcano

Axial Seamount is the most active submarine volcano in the NE Pacific and the site of the new OOI/RSN cabled observatory. OSU researcher Dr. Bill Chadwick in September 2014 forecasted an eruption sometime in 2015 based on measurements of uplift of the seafloor in the summit caldera since the 2011 eruption.

As predicted, on April 24, 2015 there were a number of earthquakes and major ground deformations detected at the site; a cruise of opportunity is now trying to be scheduled (if possible) for late May. Dr. Chadwick and others will be on the site in August for a planned research cruise to discover what actually happened at Axial Seamount.

Stay tuned to exciting updates on the Axial Blog.