Undersea volcano creates new island off Japan

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620 miles south of Tokyo, a new Japanese island has taken form thanks to an eruption of an undersea volcano.

The new landmass measures 660 feet in diameter and joins approximately 30 islands in Japan’s Ogasawara chain and reportedly is the first volcano-created island for Japan since the 1970s. The Telegraph reported an interview with a volcanologist that said the island’s stay in the area could be brief due to erosion. There does stand a chance, he said, that it could remain permanently.

Japan seemingly would embrace the latter. “If it becomes a full-fledged island,” said a chief government spokesperson, “we would be happy to have more territory.”

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