Tuesday, April 8, 2014

One of our islands is missing............

In Noember 2013, a seafloor volcano erupted in the Ogasawara Islands, part of the Volcano Islands arc about 600 miles south of Tokyo in Japanese territorial waters.

This volcano spewed enough material to rise above the water, forming a new island named Niijima. Niijima was just 1,500 feet from an existing volcanic island, Nishino-shima, which rose from the sea in 1973–1974.

It's now four months later, and Niijima has gotten so large that it has consumed Nishino-shima!!!! The merged island is slightly more than 3,300 feet across and is almost 200 feet above sea level.

The eruption is showing no signs of easing, either.

Here are some before-and-after photos, too.

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