The following is an excerpt from National Geographic:
The top photo shows Nishino Shima Island, an uninhabited islet in the Ogasawara chain, and a new island formed nearby as a result of an undersea volcanic eruption, on November 21, 2013; the bottom photo shows the same two islands on December 20, 2013. PHOTOGRAPH BY KYODO, AP
Japan's newest island now has a name, Niijima, and it continues to grow.
The small volcanic island sits about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo, offshore of a small, uninhabited island called Nishino Shima. Located in Japanese waters, the newborn island is now one of about 30 known as the Bonin Islands, or the Ogasawara chain.
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