Friday, December 27, 2013

Japan: New volcanic island grows, connects to older island as eruption c...

A new, growing islet off Tokyo in the Pacific Island has connected to an older Japanese island. Volcanic activity on the landmass is still underway and continues to expand.

On Thursday, officials confirmed the island was connected to Nishinoshima Island. This is part of the Ogasawara Islands, about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo.

Fukashi Maeno, Associate Professor at Tokyo University's Earthquake Research Institute, says the volcanic activity is vigorous. He says the red magma is rising. Maeno confirmed the landmass is connected to the older island. He says the islet is expected to expand as lava continues to gush out. The section connecting the two masses will also become larger.

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