A new island forms near Nishinoshima Volcano

Volcanic activity along the western edge of the Pacific “Ring of Fire” gave rise to a tiny island in November 2013, and it has been expanding since then. Located in the Ogasawara Islands, part of the Volcano Islands arc, the new islet sits about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo.

No Rest for Nishinoshima
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No Rest for Nishinoshima

Volcanic activity that ramped up in late May 2020 has continued into August.

Published Aug 6, 2020

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Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava
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Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava

A young volcanic island in the western Pacific Ocean has been going through some growing pains.

Published Jul 6, 2020

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Nishinoshima Puffs
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Nishinoshima Puffs

In January 2020, plumes emanated from the young volcanic island.

Published Jan 28, 2020

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Lava Glows Atop Nishinoshima
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Lava Glows Atop Nishinoshima

The island has been growing steadily since 2013.

Published Apr 21, 2017

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Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two
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Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two

Nishinoshima has grown to twelve times its original size.

Published Nov 29, 2015

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Nishinoshima Continues to Grow
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Nishinoshima Continues to Grow

The growing volcanic island offers a blank canvas where new ecosystems will emerge.

Published Jun 24, 2015

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Nishinoshima continues to erupt
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Nishinoshima continues to erupt

Nishinoshima spews a plume of ash and gas, part of an ongoing eruption that continues to increase the size of the small island.

Published Mar 5, 2015

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New Island Turns One, Continues Growing
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New Island Turns One, Continues Growing

More than a year after emerging from the Pacific Ocean, a new Japanese island continues to grow.

Published Dec 2, 2014

Land Volcanoes

Still Huffing and Puffing
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Still Huffing and Puffing

The ongoing volcanic eruption at Nishino-shima is building up the island in the western Pacific Ocean.

Published Aug 29, 2014

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Growth of Nishino-shima Volcanic Island
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Growth of Nishino-shima Volcanic Island

Ash and steam stream from a remote Japanese island.

Published Jul 16, 2014

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“New” Pacific Island Consumes Its Neighbor
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“New” Pacific Island Consumes Its Neighbor

In the western Pacific Ocean, a new volcanic island that formed in the shadow of Nishino-shima has merged with it. The island has doubled in size as the eruption continues.

Published Apr 4, 2014

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When Two Become One
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When Two Become One

Volcanic activity may soon fuse a newly formed island to its neighbor Nishino-shima.

Published Dec 24, 2013

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New Island in the Ring of Fire
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New Island in the Ring of Fire

The EO-1 satellite captures a view of the new volcanic island that formed in November 2013 near Nishino-shima Volcano.

Published Dec 18, 2013

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