First pictures of new one-mile volcanic island off Tonga created by underwater eruptions

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These are the first photographs of new volcanic island off Tonga!

The new one-mile island off Tonga is believed to have formed after a volcano exploded underwater and then expanded!

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The pre-eruption satellite view before the island on the left became fused with the volcanic crater created by Hunga Tonga (Pleiades © CNES 2015)

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The post-eruption satellite view after the island on the left became joined to the crater which created a larger land mass (Pleiades © CNES 2015)

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The new volcanic island (centre) forms a trio with the older Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai volcanic islets, Tonga.

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The surface of the island was still hot and the green lake in the crater smelt strongly of sulphur.

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The one-mile long cone-shaped island began forming last month, about forty miles from the nation’s capital, and is now safe to walk on.

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Experts believe a volcano exploded underwater and then expanded until an island formed. The island is expected to erode back into the ocean in a matter of months.

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Tonga’s lands and natural resources ministry said last month the new volcanic island was half a mile wide and just under a mile long. It is believed to be about 820 feet high.

Geology is awesome!

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