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Dramatic video: undersea volcano creates new island near Iwo Jima

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Japanese coastguard detects new islet about 30 nautical miles from Iwo Jima after volcanic eruption in the Pacific.

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A new body of land has been formed in the Pacific after the eruption of the submarine volcano, Fukutoku-Okanoba.

The eruption started on August 13th, sending steam and ash 50,000 feet into the air. Two days later a Japanese Coastguard plane detected a crescent-shaped stretch of rock and ash poking above the surface of the sea.

The new island is located between Iwo Jima and South Iwo Jima at roughly 24 17 N 141 29 E, meaning it is well within Japan’s EEZ and territorial waters.

The eruption is ongoing and the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a warning for waters in the vicinity of the volcano, saying falling volcanic material, floating pumice and base surges (horizontal eruptions) could all pose a risk to shipping.

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