New Island “born” near Ogasawara

New island being born near Ogasawara

New island being born near Ogasawara

An active volcano spits out what could be a new island near Ogasawara. Ogasawara, an administrative part of Tokyo, is  subtropical island that lies a thousand km away from the capital, accessible only via ferry.

A volcanologist with the coast guard, Hiroshi Ito, told the FNN news network that it was possible the new island might be eroded away.

“But it also could remain permanently,” he said.

The last time the volcanos in the area are known to have erupted was in the mid-1970s. Much of the volcanic activity occurs under the sea, which extends thousands of meters deep along the Izu-Ogasawara-Marianas Trench.

Japan’s chief government spokesman welcomed the news of yet another bit, however tiny, of new territory.

“This has happened before and in some cases the islands disappeared,” Yoshihide Suga said when asked if the government was planning on naming the new island.

“If it becomes a full-fledged island, we would be happy to have more territory.”