Japan is short on land. Now a volcano gives Japan a new island. It is not clear if it is here to stay.
Japan's Bonin Islands is home to over 30 subtropical and tropical islands. That number will increase this week as a new island has been birthed off the coast of Nishinoshima, an uninhabited island within the chain.
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Early this week, a large underwater volcano erupted, triggering moderate earthquakes, and shooting ash and lava 2,000 into the air. The new island, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, is 660 feet in diameter.
Although there's a big possibility that the new islet will be eroded right away, the Japanese government is hoping that it will turn into a full-fledged island. "We would be happy to have more territory," a spokesman said. The Japanese government hasn't named the island yet, but it plans to install port facilities in the future.
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