Undersea volcano off Oregon coast could hold key to forecasting eruptions

Researchers from Oregon State University have taken a sizable step forward in predicting volcanic eruptions aided by an undersea volcano about 300 miles off the Oregon coast.

Three new studies, published this week in “Science and Geophysical Research Letters,” focus on the Axial Seamount, which is one of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.

The volcano — which erupted in 1998, 2011 and 2015 — has provided data that allowed researchers to predict its most recent eruption seven months in advance. Their findings could hold the key to forecasting eruptions on land, said William Chadwick, a volcanologist at Oregon

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