Six Underwater Volcanoes Newly Discovered Just a Few Kilometers Off Sicily, Italy
A series of six Late Quaternary underwater volcanoes have been discovered just off the SW Sicilian coast.
Lurking below a heavily trafficked waterway, the discovery highlights how many mysteries still simmer under the sea. Just four miles off the coast of Sicily lie 6 underwater volcanoes previously unknown to geologists around the world.
The discovery was made while scientists were mapping the underwater landscape of the Sicilian Channel, a heavily trafficked waterway off the southwest coast of the island.
The volcanoes rise between 52 and 350 feet from the seafloor. But because they sit inside the shallow channel, their tops are not very deep and they may even pose a threat to the above marine ships, and, of course, to the population nearby.