Lucky sailors watch formation of volcanic island in the midde of the ocean (16 Photos)

The yacht 'Maiken' was traveling in the south Pacific when the crew came across a bizarre sight. It was sand in the water, sand floating ON TOP of the waves. At first, they couldn't locate the source of the eerie phenomenon. A half hour later they heard a blast. Over the next few hours they watched a volcano form an entire island form in the middle of the ocean. This is pretty cool...

  • kevin


    • vince

      Congrats! And to think your HS Guidance Counselor said you would never amount to anything…
      Great work!

      • b0b

        heard it….

    • Mclovin' it

      … your parents called. you were a mistake

      • Summer

        …mistake that they adopted him :p

  • Douche


  • mark


    • Jon without the h

      I second that.

  • Roberto


  • man man

    This post FTW!

  • Kjell King

    Volcanology is fun!

  • Hollywood

    If this new island is in international waters, could they claim possession of it?

    • Jon without the h

      Hmmm…I couldn't see why not. Of course, it wouldn't take long before there are rumors circulating that they are making nuclear weapons on this tiny island and that they are using it to train terrorists so naturally we'll have to go bomb it. But sure, they can go ahead and claim a tiny spot of sand in the middle of nowhere. Not sure what good it's going to do, though.
      (Sorry, my negative attitude is showing.)

      • Cheer up John

        Thats not the attitude of a Chiver, lets have some glass half full here!

        You could claim the Island soley to use the following pick up lines in bars. 'I am a king', 'I own my own island'!!

        Think of all the action you would get.

    • clark griswold

      Good question Hollywood, I was wondering the same thing. Anyone who isn't entirely full of shit know the answer?

      • Bob

        Depends on where it sits. If is with a certain distance of another country is thiers. ( I don't recall the distance something like 100-300 miles). If it is truly out in the middle of no where it is free game.

        • garp

          …you could jump on the island and yell 'FIRST'

          • DrJTrotter

            You could, but then you've got to deal with all those "thumbs down", and that's no way to start an island.

    • everyone

      I think it's theoretically possible, however considering that it's spewing ash and lava and is kind of an active volcano, I'd steer clear of it.

  • Mirror Man

    Of course, now anything that seems cool or unusual I'm going to be thinking "hoax!" For example, who wouldn't try to haul ass out of the area if they saw a volcano spewing ash?

    • Hot Carl

      Yeah, next time make the crew a bunch of HOPA's with lower back problems.

      • In Tents

        LOL! That's a frickin' RIOT!

    • Merc

      That wasn't ash though, it was the steam from the magma hardening because of the ocean. Besides the explosion was deep underwater, they were just seeing the results on the surface, and judging from the pictures they were far enough away to be in no danger. All in all very cool and a good example of right place at the right time.

      • pugs

        lol, magma

      • Mirror Man

        Perhaps far away enough. But if you read about Mt. St. Helens some years ago and what happened to a good number of morons who assumed they were at a safe distance, I still wouldn't have taken a chance.

    • vince

      Wouldn't that be "Haul ASH" out of there?……o.0

    • HellHath NoFury

      This was all over the news a couple of years ago.

      • Simple Jack

        Perhaps a different volcano a couple years ago? Nah, impossible.

        • HellHath NoFury

          No, honey, it was It's okay, we can't all Google things or read the big werds articles.

          • coocoocuchoo

            yeh HHNF is right, i remember this story and these photos from at least a year ago. doesnt make it any less amazing though.

  • Kawz

    Do they get to name it?

    I'd name it Jeyjafjallajökull, in honor of that aweome Iceland volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. Rolls right off of the tongue.

    • Gandalf..


  • Ripley

    I've got dibs on filming the first reality TV show on it! Might as well call dibs on the first beer commercial as well…

  • stafferty

    Why do people with yachts get to do all the cool stuff?

    • the dude

      cause they have yachts

    • Simple Jack

      Because they're on a boat, motherfucker.

  • Confused

    thats actually pretty cool

  • cultist


  • MikeChive

    It's actually true. Check out snopes:

  • McBeastie

    Yeah, but did they stick around long enough to see the creation of the smoke monster?

  • Nola

    2006 though? Pretty sure we all missed the news on it.

  • HellHath NoFury

    Take that, 'millions and bachillions of years' scientists!
    A similar thing happened on a farm in the 1940s in Mexico. A man watched his farm turn into a volcano within a day, and in the next year it took over the city.

    • b0b


    • Kjell King

      I think this is what you were referring to.

      • HellHath NoFury

        Yay for Kjellupa, who knows how to read! +100 pts. You still owe me a bunny and a drink.

        • b0b


          • HellHath NoFury

            Is that all you know how to say? Do you not comprehend anything at all?
            Yes, b0b, some of us have friends in Real Life! How about that? We see each-other and hang out and do fun stuff! Or is that also confounding to you? *heart attack and die of Not-Surprise*

            • b0b


    • Kawz

      Did they name it, Jeyjafjallajökull? In honor of that awesome volcano in Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull?

      I hope so.

  • tag

    That's pretty sweet. Would be interesting to sail across one of those things as it happens.

  • HellHath NoFury

    If they hadn't had a camera, no one would have believed them. Best pub story ever.

    • b0b


      • HellHath NoFury

        You are so dumb, fo reals.

        • Kjell King

          Hide yo kids. Hide you wife…

        • Six

          This is all I have to say to you

          • HellHath NoFury

            Busy hunting my food, hon. You get to cook if you don't want to gut a deer.

            • b0b


  • equalizermax

    I came here to see boobs not volcanoes…

    • ken


    • Gregory Nelson Courtney

      well if you squint hard enough the volcanoes peaks sort of look like bewbs. but otherwise there's a whole internet filled with porn you can look at.

  • P Diddily

    In Soviet Russia, island discovers you!

  • uncle sam

    that's clearly the statue of liberty in #9, belongs to 'MERICA

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  • Ukulelemike

    Yup-guess it doesn't take all those millions of years of slow formation. Imagine-Hawai'i probably formed in about an hour! This is why it was not widely disseminated-the scientists had to hide it to come up with a logical reason, or to wait long enough to insist it happened in a long time period.

    • Stubb

      What exactly are you insinuating here?

  • Dave

    First, its probably volcanic ash or pumice on top of the ocean, not sand. Secondly, it would take years to form a whole frikken island, and you would still have to wait years for the volcano to stop erupting before plant life can take hold and grow on the island, die, form compost, allow bigger plants to grow, then insects to arrive, then animals.

    Also this eruption occured a couple meters off of an existing island, and the whole area has been seismically active for ages.

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