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A New Island Has Emerged In The Pacific After Underwater Volcano Erupts
Following an underwater volcanic eruption, a new island has emerged in the Pacific Ocean. This new island in the South Pacific emerged and has revealed more than 8 acres of land.
The small, unnamed island emerged after an underwater volcano near Tonga Islands erupted. Satellite images show the formation of the island as it becomes more visible. The submerged volcano is located in a seamount known as Home Reef. It is a region known for housing a number of the highest density of underwater volcanos anywhere on Earth.
NASA have stated that islands created by volcanic activity don’t usually last long but may last for a number of years.
What we know:
Science Alert note that ‘since 1852, Home Reef has produced islands on five occasions, some reaching between 50 and 70 meters in height. One of the islands even revealed a small lagoon in 1984.’
On this occasion, lava and rock fragments were noticed in the ocean about 25 kilometres southwest of Late Island. Plumes of steam and ash burst through the surface of the waves. Since it’s sighting on September 10, the Tonga Geological Services announced that the island had swelled six times in size.
Tonga Geological Services statement:
“The volcano poses low risks to the aviation community and the residents of Vava’u and Ha’apai,” TGS announced on September 20.
“All mariners are, however, advised to sail beyond 4 kilometers away from Home Reef until further notice.” the online notice states. There have been no new sightings of steam or volcanic ash in this stretch of Home Reef.