New volcanic island keeps growing south of Tokyo

5 years ago by in Japan

The new-born island created by a volcanic eruption around 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo, in the Pacific Ocean, two weeks ago, keeps growing.

The coast guard officials say it is about 2.5 times bigger than when it was spotted on November 20th. Sunday, they conducted an aerial survey and determined that the islet is now 250 meters wide and 200 meters long, according to the international press.

The island keeps growing due to three craters that keep pushing out ash and lava that are helping to make the islet grow. Specialists will continue to monitor the island.

The eruption was the first in 40 years in the Ogasawara chain. It occurred about 130 kilometers off the closest inhabited island.

“If this becomes a solid island, our country’s territorial waters will expand,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said two weeks ago.

A new island was born also in Pakistan, in September, after a huge earthquake hit the country’s southwest. The new island consists of a mound of mud and rock 20 meters high and 90 meters wide.