Japan volcanic isle smouldering and growing
TOKYO, Japan – A volcanic island off Japan's southern coast continues to smoulder with lava flowing from its craters into the sea, new aerial images showed Friday, July 25.
Nishinoshima, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo, joined up with a small volcanic islet formed in November and the new mass now measures 1.26 square kilometers (0.49 square miles) around, the Japanese coastguard said.
The agency's images showed a few craters on Nishinoshima spewing columns of smoke 1,500-2,000 meters (4,900-6,600 feet ) high as molten lava flowed into the sea, sending clouds of white steam into the sky.
Nishinoshima is estimated to be 10 million years old. – Rappler.com