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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer
November 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm



Which is the better “curiosity gap” headline for this one? “They Said Land Is Land and Ocean Is Ocean. What Happened Next Will Amaze You” or “You’ll Never Believe What’s Being Born In Japan Right Now!”

Ho hum, just a new land mass forming, no biggie: A new volcanic island is being born off the coast of Japan near the Nishino-shima volcanic island. The Japanese Coast Guard released video of the birth, via Fuji News Network.

This story is still developing. We’ll update as it comes. Hopefully it’ll turn out to be another Japanese island devoted entirely to cats.

UPDATE: The AP has more on the small island, which is 660 feet in diameter and may or may not disappear:

A volcanologist with the coast guard, Hiroshi Ito, told the FNN news network that it was possible the new island might be eroded away.
 
“But it also could remain permanently,” he said.
 
The last time the volcanos in the area are known to have erupted was in the mid-1970s. Much of the volcanic activity occurs under the sea, which extends thousands of meters deep along the Izu-Ogasawara-Marianas Trench.
 
Japan’s chief government spokesman welcomed the news of yet another bit, however tiny, of new territory.
 
“This has happened before and in some cases the islands disappeared,” Yoshihide Suga said when asked if the government was planning on naming the new island.
 
“If it becomes a full-fledged island, we would be happy to have more territory.”

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AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard

AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard

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