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Mariners Advised, Floating Pumice

A pumice stranding is expected on the beaches of Islands in Lau group and may continue drifting into Lomaiviti, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.
07 Sep 2019 09:21
Mariners Advised, Floating Pumice
Source: BBC

The Fiji Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has advised mariners that a large mass of pumice has been sighted to be drifting in areas surrounding Lakeba, Oneata and Aiwa Islands, and moving towards the westerly direction.

A pumice stranding is expected on the beaches of Islands in Lau group and may continue drifting into Lomaiviti, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.

This large mass of pumice is a result of a recent volcanic activity in Tonga.

A submarine underwater volcano had erupted in the waters of Fonualei Island, Tonga earlier last month due to cruising yachties.

A raft of pumice was seen floating towards the Great Barrier Reef following the eruption.

Pumice is formed when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from a volcano.

 

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