Japan’s Newest Island Triples in Size

Niijima was first noticed on November 20. On the next day, the Japanese coast guard released video of the island forming, showing billowing smoke, steam, ash, and rocks exploding from a crater that had erupted from the sea.

At the time, Japanese scientists were unsure how long the island would last, as the ocean often reclaims such volcanic islets within a short time.

Since then, however, the island has grown significantly, thanks to ongoing eruptions of the underlying volcano.

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