New Japan Island Formed By Volcano, Earthquakes [Video]

A new Japan island was formed by a volcano and seismic activity.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, generally Japan fears any earthquakes that may trigger tsunamis, especially considering the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still leaking.

Japan is at the edge of the ring of fire, a region surrounding the Pacific Ocean that tends to provide a lot of earthquakes and volcanoes due to shifting of the tectonic plates. The creation of the new Japan island was heralded with explosions of rock from the volcanic crater and billows of heavy black smoke issuing forth into the air. The last time the volcanoes in this area exploded was back in the 1970’s.

But Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief government spokesman, says the appearance of a tiny new island near Japan is not that unusual:

“This has happened before and in some cases the islands disappeared. If it becomes a full-fledged island, we would be happy to have more territory.”

The new island is unnamed and may remain so for the foreseeable future. After all, it’s only 660 feet in diameter so far, so it’s not even large enough to house the secret lair of a Hollywood villain. It’s also among 29 other islands that are 620 miles south of Tokyo. At the most, you might expect Japan to lay claim to the area if it turns out there are any valuable minerals hidden underneath.

The new Japanese island may even have a short lifespan. Hiroshi Ito, a volcanologist with the coast guard, says the new island could erode away, but it could also remain permanently.