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Video of deepest undersea volcano eruption ever recorded

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Extraordinary video has been obtained by scientists of the deepest undersea eruption ever recorded.

The footage was captured by the US Jason robotic submersible that descended over 1,100m into the Pacific Ocean to acquire the high-definition footage.

It shows lava bursting into the water at the West Mata submarine volcano, which is sited about 200km south-west of the Samoas.

Courtesy NSF/NOAA

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