Notice to Mariners: Fiji and Lau Islands

Notice to Mariners: Fiji and Lau Islands

Positions of pumice rafts have been updated

By Daria Blackwell - 10/09/2019

In August, sailors began reporting a pumice raft the size of Manhattan drifting towards Australia, presumably caused by an eruption of an undersea volcano. It captured the attention of major media outlets and made headlines around the world.

Cruisers encountering the rafts, which have broken down into smaller clusters, have been asked to take samples and report the position of the rafts to martin.jutzeler@utas.edu.au.

The pink area on the map is the position of the rafts on the 9 September 2019. The Blue arrow indicates the predicted direction of travel at about 20 km/day.

Thank you to John Hembrow of the Down Under Rally for sharing this information.


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