Published November 21, 2013
Japan got just a little bit bigger this week, as a volcano created a brand new island about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo.
The island is about 660 feet (200 meters) in diameter, according to the Japanese coast guard. It sits off the coast of Nishinoshima, itself a small, uninhabited island in a group of about 30 islands known as the Bonin Islands, or the Ogasawara chain.
Asked by the media if the new island will soon get a name, Japanese government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga replied that officials will first wait to see how long it sticks around, since new islands have a tendency to disappear back below the waves in a short time. (Related: "How Did the Pakistan Earthquake Create a Mud Island?")
"If it becomes a full-fledged island, we would be happy to have more territory," Suga told the press.
On Thursday, the Japanese coast guard released video of the new island, forged under billowing smoke and steam. The video shows ash and rocks exploding from a crater that erupted from the sea.
A coast card volcanologist, Hiroshi Ito, told FNN news that it's unclear if the island will become permanent or get reclaimed by the sea.
Japan is an archipelago of thousands of islands, though most of the nation's people live on a few of the largest ones. Japan is well known for volcanic activity and earthquakes, and it is perched on the Ring of Fire, a fringe of coastline that surrounds much of the Pacific Ocean.
The tectonically active region includes coastal eastern Asia and long stretches of western North and South America. It is the Ring of Fire that fueled last century's big eruptions at Mount St. Helens in Washington State and Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.
The volcanoes that built Japan's newest island last erupted in the mid-1970s, along the Izu-Ogasawara-Mariana Trench.
A new isle is born, i called them "KAWAI"
I thing other isles will come near "KAWAI" and created a new chain of isles.
Last year I had the rare opportunity of ascending (with members of my family and a number of my Malaysian medical students) Anak Krakatau (born 1927-1928) the volcanic island next to Rakata (remnant of the colossal Krakatau that erupted in 1883) in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia. This recording is awesome. The birth of yet another volcanic island is surely a sign of the Almighty.
thats sounds pretty cool but lets see, because i think we are pretty close of something like earthquake tsunamis and tornados i believe something is coming to our planet
What are chinese talked about this?See
Very funny~~ ^^
Conclusion: What he/she say is what chinese did
what a magnificent and interesting discovery of the newly formed island..! is this the same as the mud island formed in Pakistan..? :O
JAPAN CANNOT CLAIM THAT ISLAND, ITS ALL OWNED BY CHINESE EVEN THE EXISTING ISLANDS CLAIMED BY CHINESE, EVERYTHING TODAY IS MADE IN CHINA...
I'm afraid looking at the video wondering what is happening to the world now a days. Is this the result of abusing our natural resources.
@Ricardo Tajonar God ?
@Gustavo Martinez It is a general fear....thus many people think ...carpe diem..... LOL
@Cellular Bugztronic ?????? whattttttttt ???
not the island....it´s not made in China...LOL
@Cellular Bugztronic The island is in Japan, owned by Japanese authority, and is closer to Japan than CHina anyways. Therefore, China does NOT own the island. That statement is ignorant and unfounded. Japan has one of the world's best economies. Also, I'm wearing a shirt made in Nicaragua...
@clifford Hulme fantastic....omg this is not a movie.... ;-)
Too often we forget about our ultimate obligation...
@Kaola C hell no……..the planet is always changing and always has……we just don't live long enough to see much of it
@Kaola C the process in the vid is natural, it has been happening for millions of years
@Kaola C do not worry!
CHINESE WILL SHOW YOU AN ANCIENT MAP, ITS BELONG TO THEM HEHEHE
@Ben Sanchez 钓鱼岛是中国的固有领土
@Ben Sanchez 钓鱼岛问题，是历史问题，历史问题一般都很难判定的，每个国家都有自己的历史，在某种特殊的情况下，历史往往是为统治阶级服务的，同样一个事件，如果用两种不同的口吻来描述的话，你会发现他们都是很有道理的，仿佛谁都说的没错，这是人的一个认知方面的弱点，就像你认为这个世界是五颜六色的但从光色学的角度来看，你眼中的一切其实都是假象。而历史或者新闻媒介之类也往往善于利用这一点，这也让我想起了希特勒发动第二次世界大战的那次演讲，他发动的那次在世界看来都是非正义的战争，却在本国却得到几乎所有人的狂热的支持。
@Ben Sanchez hahaha. . .i so agree with you there pal.. . .
@andrew ranigo我想知道你所谓的【that time】是什么
@jack jack Ha that is an unusual job. But because Japan has so much volcanic activity their coast guard service actually employes volcanologists.
I think you need to buy a sense of humor, maybe you could pick one up made in Japan?
The language is Chinese; the writer is located on mainland China; and the last post was to the effect, "What are you suggesting was the time in the past when China claimed something wrongly?" I imagine you've worked that out yourself; what I'm wondering is why someone who clearly reads English and is posting to an English-language site has to do so in Chinese characters?
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