New volcanic island forming in Japan
A new volcanic island is being born off the coast of Japan near the Nishino-shima volcanic island.

The eruption was first spotted by Japanese navy on Wednesday morning at 10:20 (local time) who documented surtseyan activity at the eruption site (explosive interaction of sea-water and lava, generating violent jets of steam and ash).

It appears that the eruption has already built an island of about 200 m diameter in size, which suggests that the vent was already located in very shallow waters. A small steam and ash plume rising to about 2000 ft (600 m) was reported by VAAC Tokyo. The last known eruption of the volcano occurred in 1973 .

小笠原諸島・西之島近くで、新しい島が誕生する可能性があることを受けて、小笠原村で­は、新しい島の観光の目玉になることを期待して、村民の意見を集約したうえで、議会で­島の名前を決めることにしている。

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