An isle created by undersea volcanic eruptions off Japan's Pacific coast last November has expanded by 4.5 times, according to the Japan Coast Guard and Maritime Safety Agency.
The length of the isle, named Nishinoshima, from east to west is now 1,150 meters and 850 meters north to south, adding 0.7 kilometer to the size of the isle, TBS reported Wednesday.
A new crater was found in the north part of the isle and smoke continues to come out of the other two craters as well. According to an expert, the island will continue to expand for a while as the magma continues to be active.
Nishinoshima is in the Ogasawara (Bonin) chain, some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo. It was first spotted on Nov 20.
Similar eruptions in the early 1970s and mid-80s created tiny islets in Japan's territory that have since been partially or completely eaten up by the ocean.© Japan Today