Volcanic eruption in Japan raises a new island in the seas

Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013

tokyo-japanApproximately 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo, in Japan, amid the black smoke of the volcanic eruption a new island is observed in the seas. It is produced by a new submarine eruption which is currently taking place about 500 m southeast of Nishino-Shima Island.

According to the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts the islet is about 200 meters in diameter. It is just off the coastal of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands.

The approximately 30 islands are 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo and along with the rest of Japan are part of the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

The coast guard issued an advisory warning of heavy black smoke from the eruption. Television footage showed heavy smoke and waters roiling over the crater. A small steam and ash plume rising to about 2000 ft (600 m) was reported by VAAC Tokyo. The last known eruption of the volcano occurred in 1973.

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