The eruption of an underwater volcano caused the formation of a new island in the Japanese archipelago. The island originated near Iwo Jima, which is located about 1,200 kilometers south of Tokyo.
According to the Japan Coast Guard, the new, crescent-shaped island with a diameter of about one kilometer, was formed after the eruption of a volcano located about 50 kilometers south of the island. Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean.
The Coast Guard discovered the new island last weekend, after observing an eruption in the air, and later found volcanic rock debris, the pumice, floating in the sea.
The emergence of this new island may mean a new accession to the territory of Japan if it is recognized as a naturally formed island according to international standards. Due to the island’s location, it does not imply any change in the territorial waters or the exclusive economic zone of the country.
The Japan Meteorological Agency also said the eruption could continue throughout this week, after it issued warnings of large amounts of smoke and ash in the air.
Other islands in the Japanese archipelago also appeared in a similar fashion in 1904, 1914 and 1986, but they all ended up disappearing due to erosion by waves and currents. In 2013, volcanic activity gave rise to an island that later joined the present-day island of Nishinoshima.
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