Volcanos

New volcano island getting bigger in Japan

Famously crowded Japan is getting a bit more space as a newly-formed volcanic island just keeps on growing.

New footage of the remote Nishinoshima, some 1 000km south of Tokyo, shows a volcano erupting up to six times a minute, spewing huge volumes of magma, and scientists say there is plenty more still to come.

A tiny islet emerged in November 2013 right next to the original Nishinoshima, when molten rock cooled and began to poke its head just above the water.

That speck of land grew as the volcano kept going, and soon engulfed its once larger neighbour.

The new super-island is now a respectable 2.46 square kilometres, the Japan Coast Guard says — roughly the size of 345 football pitches, while the still-spewing volcano is now a healthy 100m tall.

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