New Volcanic Island in Japan Nishino-shima Continues Growing (Evolution in Photos)

The new volcanic island Niijima appeared in November 2013. The new volcanic island is now called Nishino-shima, grows larger and creates its own climate.

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The new island Nishino-shima as seen from space on July 4 2014. Photo: Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.
  • 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.

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This space photo taken in April 2014 shows the moment Niijima swallows its neighbour Nishino-shima (white). Photo: NASA

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!

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The two islands merging in December 2013. This new volcanic island resulted from magmatic activity along the western edge of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ just 1000 kilometers from Tokyo. Photo: NASA

The resulting island (Niijima + Nishino-shima) has now been baptized Nishino-shima. The islets merged in December 2013.

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This new volcanic island, once called Niijima, was created by activity along the western edge of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ in November 2013. Photo: NASA

Inbetween, the island has started producing its own weather (clouds).  Moreover, lava flows have transformed bays into lakes.

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Geological oddity: Smoke from an erupting undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands. Photo: Reuters/ Kyodo

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.

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