Volcanic formation conjoins existing Japan island
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.