This new volcanic island off Japan, initially called Niijima, merged with its neighbour island Nishino-shima. The resulting inlet is called Nishino-shima.
The new volcanic island Nishino-shima continues growing since November 2013.
Nishino-shima now generates its own weather as its vapors create clouds.
The new volcanic island is fed by magma resulting from the collision of huge tectonic plates in the region.
More than 6 months after it broke the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the new volcanic island Nishino-shima (once called Niijima) continues to grow.
Although unknown at the beginning if Niijima would still continue growing, the island expands constantly. It has already ‘eaten up’ its neighbouring island, called Nishino-shima, which formed in 1973!
The resulting island (Niijima + Nishino-shima) has now been baptized Nishino-shima. The islets merged in December 2013.
Inbetween, the island has started producing its own weather (clouds). Moreover, lava flows have transformed bays into lakes.
The new volcanic island Nishino-shima is the future. However, it is still unknown how large it will grow. It is indeed not known how long the continuous underwater lava eruptions will continue.