Science: New Volcano

A new volcano that has been belching smoke and bad smells on San Benedicto Island, off the west coast of Mexico, probably blew its top two months ago. In July the Navy SOFAR (sound fixing and ranging) station in Hawaii picked up rumbling sounds on its hydrophones. Floating pumice of unknown origin was seen on the sea. But uninhabited San Benedicto Island is far from shipping lanes, and the volcano went on smoking and rumbling in private until it was reported by a tuna boat. Last week the first scientific report on its goings-on...

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