anarchy island

The Environment

We are claiming it as our own…!

The Japan Coast Guard has detected the formation of a new island about 30 nautical miles to the south of Iwo Jima. An underwater volcano, Fukutoku-Okanoba, is in the midst of a large eruption, and its caldera is now poking slightly above the surface of the sea.

Japan’s coast guard detected the new land formation on August 15, two days after the eruption began. When the volcano exploded and sent steam and ash soaring up more than 50,000 feet into the air – a plume that was easily visible from space – a surveillance plane was dispatched to investigate. The aircrew found a large drift of floating pumice covering an area about 35 miles in length. After a search, they also detected land – a crescent-shaped stretch of rock and ash. Read on.