A volcanic eruption is creating a tiny new island off the coast of Japan. The Japanese Coast Guard snapped images and video of the eruption taking place, showing the new island being formed. Footage showed heavy smoke, ash and rocks spewing from the volcanic crater. As of this writing, experts say the small island is about 200 meters (660 feet) in diameter. It is located just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, also known as the Bonin Islands, about about 620 miles (1,000 km) south of Tokyo.
See a video and additional images below.
Only time will tell if the island will remain or if the ocean waters will reclaim it. According to Yahoo News, Japan’s chief government spokesman said they would welcome any new territory.
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“This has happened before and in some cases the islands disappeared,” Yoshihide Suga said when asked if the government was planning on naming the new island. “If it becomes a full-fledged island, we would be happy to have more territory.”
According to the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program website, the Japan, Taiwan, Marianas Region is a very active region in the Pacific Ring of Fire and most volcanoes in this region “result from subduction of westward-moving oceanic crust under the Asian Plate. In the Izu-Mariana chain, however, the crust to the west is also oceanic, forming more basaltic island arcs (but with volcanoes that are far more explosive than oceanic hotspot volcanoes).”
You can read more about this volcanic region here.
See an extensive gallery of images at Yahoo News.
6 Replies to “Volcanic Blast Forms New Island Near Japan”
Watch out for those lava bombs! Hai! Precooked fish, mister?
Draw an imaginary line due south of the earthquake zone that created that giant tsunami a couple years back.. YIKES! Check out the map on this page? http://akihabaranews.com/2013/11/22/article-en/japan-got-new-island-and-didnt-have-build-it-1413403516
I wonder how long it will take China to claim it.
I am sure China don’t likey that!
Making real estate. Better than alchemy.
I’m sure this type of activity (whole mountains forming under the ocean) is perfectly understood and accounted for when scientists measure the 3 mm per year rise in sea levels.
Were any Gargantuas killed when this thing surfaced?
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