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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Japanese newest island continues to grow

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, that the newest island in Japan, Niijima, has a three-fold increase in size since it was first seen on November 20, 2013.
Japan's newest island, Niijima, is seen from the air in a photo by the Japanese Coast Guard on December 1. (Picture from: http://www.voanews.com/)
Niijma formed from volcanic activity along the west edge of the Pacific "Ring of Fire". The island is located about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo and 130 kilometers from the nearest inhabited island in waters considered as the Japanese territory.

The new island is very close to the Nishino-shima, another volcanic island erupted the last time and enlarged in 1973-1974. Last pictures of the two islands were taken by a NASA satellite on December 24, 2013, shows that the two islands were almost touching.
Niijima and Nishino-shima appear to be almost touching in this December 24 image taken by a NASA satellite. (Picture from: http://www.voanews.com/)
Scientists from the Japan Meteorological Agency also said the island was large enough to last at least a few years, maybe even permanently. In early December, the island has expanded to 56,000 square meter, or about three times its initial size. And it stands at 20 to 25 meters above sea level. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VOA NEWS]
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