VIDEO | Spectacular! They capture the birth of a volcanic island in Japan

The explosion of an underwater volcano caused a unique phenomenon in the world: the birth of a small island off the coast of Iwoto, in the archipelago which forms Japan.

Since the start of the eruptions, which began on October 21, the magma and volcanic ash They patiently formed a small pile of stone, which has so far reached a diameter of 100 meters.

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“In the first stage, an eruption of black debris formed from solidified magma and water was expelled. Since November 3, the eruption began to change, but the expulsion of ash continued to be explosive,” explained the volcanologist. Setsuya Nakadain statements to The Japan Times newspaper.

The Japanese archipelago is made up of 14,126 islands and islets, many of which were formed due to the intense volcanic activity usually recorded in this area of ​​the planet, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

ephemeral islands

However, while the emergence of a volcanic island can be impressive, these formations do not always persist over time, as some of them become diluted through erosion.

This is what happened with certain islets formed in the region during 1904, 1914 and 1986, and which did not last long. The most recent was formed in 2021, a few kilometers from the cradle of the islet.

“Areas that lack lava could disappear. So if more lava comes out and covers the area, I think these surfaces could remain islands forever,” Nakada explained.

Source: El Heraldo De Mexico

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