Fire From the Deep

In this episode, a huge submarine volcano erupts, breaks the surface of the ocean, and forms a new island. What happens next?


Tracy Gregg, associate professor of geology at the University at Buffalo
Rebecca Carey, senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania
Paraskevi V. Nomiku, assistant professor of geological oceanography at the University of Athens
Gianpierro Orbasano, Tongan photojournalist and explorer
Michael Bates, Prince of Sealand
James Grimmelmann, professor of law at Cornell Tech

Further reading:

The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past century
Tsunami hazard risk of a future volcanic eruption of Kolumbo submarine volcano, NE of Santorini Caldera, Greece
Volcanic ash as fertiliser for the surface ocean
The Submarine Volcano Eruption off El Hierro Island: Effects on the Scattering Migrant Biota and the Evolution of the Pelagic Communities
What is law of the sea?
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Principality of Sealand: Nation Building by Individuals
Sealand, Havenco and the Rule of Law
Hunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific island

This episode was suggested by listener and long-time friend of the show Charlie Loyd.

Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

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