We don’t usually think of Antarctica as “fire and ice” country, but it has many volcanoes, including Mount Erebus, which erupts frequently and hosts a lava lake.
Y1K really came in with a bang for those living around the Sea of Japan, thanks to a VEI 7 eruption at a volcano sitting on the border between modern-day China and North Korea.
You need this background to the recent news that, at Havre Seamount near New Zealand, scientists have found the largest deep-water silicic eruption in history. Some cool videos of eruptions are included, too.
Let’s be upfront about the most awesome thing (in modern eyes) this apparent fop ever did: He walked on lava. Look at his eyes.