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Old 19-03-2009, 11:29   #1
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Volcano Erupts off Tonga's coast

Mother nature is doing her thing. Living on the Big Island of Hawaii, we are use to our land mass increasing daily. This looks like the start of a new Island chain.

Undersea volcano erupts off Tonga coast
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Old 19-03-2009, 14:51   #2
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As of a few hours ago...there was a 7.9 earthquake in the same area.
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Forgot to mention there is a Tsunami warning for the same area. Fortunately not effecting Hawaii
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Old 19-03-2009, 16:12   #4
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Did you see those photos a year or so ago of the yacht sailing through the sea of pummice from an underwater Tongan volcano?

Truly weird!

My internet is too slow to search for pics properly but off http://www.volcano.si.edu/volcanoes/region04/tonga

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Old 19-03-2009, 16:18   #5
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Did you hear about the tsunami alert?
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Tsunami Warning for Hawaii has been called off.
Still might be a bit of raise in water level and some weird tides about 1436 this afternoon.
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A buddy of mine, Jack Von Ohlen on "Fantasy," sailed through the pumice field exactly like that photo. He said it was absolutely surreal. All sails up, engine wide open and making 2 knots. He did say it REALLY cleaned his waterline!
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I would not be running my engine through that stuff wiping out my raw water impellers. im sure its not all at the surface
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I would not be running my engine through that stuff wiping out my raw water impellers. im sure its not all at the surface
You would have an oppertunity to clean the scaling and crap out of your raw water cooling system. LOL
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Glad I wasn't right over it!
How much co2 do you suppose came up with all that?
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Did you see those photos a year or so ago of the yacht sailing through the sea of pummice from an underwater Tongan volcano?

Truly weird!

My internet is too slow to search for pics properly but off http://www.volcano.si.edu/volcanoes/region04/tonga

I saw a slide show of those photos shortly after the event happened. Truly erry. As mentioned prior...I can't imagine putting my raw water pump through that!
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I would not be running my engine through that stuff wiping out my raw water impellers. im sure its not all at the surface
Captain Jack said that it was all on the surface, maybe 2 inches deep. It's pumice, basically, so it's really floaty. I missed that eruption (2006?) by a week. He was right behind me on the Tonga-Fiji run. Yahoo has a cool videa of the eruption: Yahoo!
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Here's a link to the thread from a little over two years ago:

Sailing Through Pumice - Incredible!!

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