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Volcanic formation conjoins existing Japan island

Published on Dec 26, 2013 5:43 PM
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This handout picture taken by Japan Coast Guard on Dec 26, 2013, shows a newly created small islet (right) and Nishinoshima island (left), which are conjoined with erupting lava at the Ogasawara island chain, 1,000km south of Tokyo. A smouldering islet created by undersea volcanic eruptions off Japan's Pacific coast has grown with a continuous lava flow to conjoin a nearby island. -- PHOTO: AFP / JAPAN COAST GUARD

TOKYO (AFP) - A smouldering islet created by undersea volcanic eruptions off Japan's Pacific coast has melded to a nearby island, the Japanese coastguard said on Thursday.

Officials overflying the new landmass said it had merged at two points with Nishino-shima, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Ogasawara (Bonin) chain, some 1,000km south of Tokyo.

Two craters on the islet have been erupting "at an interval of 30 seconds to one minute", spewing brown smoke about 100m high, a coastguard statement said.

Pale volcanic gas and ash-grey smoke are also oozing out.

 
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