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New volcanic island grows 12 times in size since formation two years ago


A volcanic island which was formed in 2013 has grown to 12 times its size, according to Japan Coast Guard officials.

New aerial film footage of the remote Nishinoshima, some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, shows eruptions are still taking place from a crater in the island's center, and continuous lava flows.

The tiny islet emerged in November 2013 right next to the original Nishinoshima, when molten rock cooled and began to poke its head just above the water. That speck of land grew as the volcano kept going, and soon engulfed its once larger neighbor.

The new island now measures 1,900 meters east to west and 1,950 meters north to south and more than 100 meters tall, the Coast Guard says.

An official of the Tokyo Institute of Technology said volcanic activity is likely to continue for the time being.

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Cool. This will be a wicked place of scientific research when the time comes.

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Watch out that China does not claim it.

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Enjoy watching it grow ... via TV, of course. Hope it continues to grow ...

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Watch out that China does not claim it.

That joke's old. Heard it plenty of times.

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Must be time to surround it with tetrapods.

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25years in Japan

Watch out that China does not claim it.

Asinine comment. Quit playing the victim card. This joke is old like Pukey2 said.

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LOL @ the old China joke. It's one of those jokes that makes you cringe more than laugh.

But seriously, they must be jealous of how 'cheap' it is for us to build this new island ;)

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Relax people. It's just a joke.

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"But seriously, they must be jealous of how 'cheap' it is for us to build this new island ;)"

But this new island is not doing anything for Japan's greedy EEZ claims. That would be Okinotorishima. And considering what it has cost Japan to build up Okinotorishima, I am afraid the Chinese are not jealous at all. I would wager that the Chinese, like their island building or not, have gotten far more bang (excuse the pun) out of their buck .

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Excuse me, those with the China joke? China has a set of ancient scrolls documenting how they've colonised this island thousands of years ago. Therefore no need to claim it, it's a already China's island by definition, the rest of the world knows this...

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Interesting that it's still going strong. At the time it first appeared, experts were predicting it would abate and sink back below the surface.

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