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Japanese island has increased in area in 5 times
The Japanese island of Nissinoshima, located in the Pacific island of Ogasawara, a thousand kilometers south of Tokyo, is increasing in size due to the unrelenting volcanic activity in the area, according to Japanese television channel NHK.
Above the island, pillars of smoke emanate from two craters. One of the volcanoes also throws out lava, ash and black smoke every few seconds. The lava ejected to the surface gradually hardens, which leads to an increase in the area of the island.
According to Professor Kenji Nogami of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the fact that volcanic activity in this area has been going on for six months is unusual for Japan. He suggested that the lava emissions will continue and further, and therefore the area of the island will increase.
As reported, the eruption of the volcano in the area of the Ogasawara Islands was recorded in November last year. Later, the Coast Guard of Japan announced the emergence of a new land mass near Nishinoshima Island. In December, Nisinoshima and the new island joined. Since the beginning of the eruption, the area of Nishinoshima has increased approximately five times.