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Huge volcanic 'raft' found floating off New Zealand

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Huge volcanic 'raft' found floating off New Zealand


A floating volcanic ‘raft’ nearly the size of Belgium has been found drifting in the Pacific off the New Zealand coast.

Covering almost 26,000 square kilometres of ocean, the rocks were spotted by an air force plane which warned a navy ship it was heading towards them.

The golf-ball sized pieces of pumice are thought to have spewed to the surface when an underwater volcano erupted. One naval officer described it as the “weirdest thing” he had seen in 18 years at sea.

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