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October 15, 1987 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
A rare underwater volcano in the South Pacific erupted only 130 feet beneath a San Diego-based research ship Sunday, enveloping the vessel in a swirling tumult of murky water, gas bubbles and hot volcanic rocks. The eruption of the MacDonald Seamount 650 miles southeast of Tahiti sent gas-infused rocks clattering and clanging against the steel hull of the Melville and transformed the greenish ocean water into a churning, boiling dark brown, according to an account by scientists aboard the ship.
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October 15, 1987 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
A rare underwater volcano in the South Pacific erupted only 130 feet beneath a San Diego-based research ship Sunday, enveloping the vessel in a swirling tumult of murky water, gas bubbles and hot volcanic rocks. The eruption of the MacDonald Seamount 650 miles southeast of Tahiti sent gas-infused rocks clattering and clanging against the steel hull of the Melville and transformed the greenish ocean water into a churning, boiling dark brown, according to an account by scientists aboard the ship.
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