Japan’s Newest Island Just Got A Lot Bigger

Back in November, and undersea volcano breached the surface, creating a new island about 600 miles south of Tokyo.

That island, previously known as Niijima, has continued to grow (the volcano is still releasing magma), and has now merged with a nearby uninhabited island called Nishino Shima.

The island is now 8 times bigger than when it first emerged in November. Since Nishino Shima predates Niijima, the new combined island will take the name of the older island. The island is part of a 30-island chain known as the Bonin Islands.

Many observers think the new island resembles the cartoon character Snoopy. What do you think?

Read the full story here.

The new Nishino Shima (click to see full size)
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