On a clear, remarkably Godzilla free day a little island was born, near the little island chain where Monster Island is located. A major geological and seisemically significant event occurred just 640 miles from Fukushima, Japan, where nervous technicians are entering their 3rd day of the rather sensitive and never before attempted removal of the majestically mangled fuel rod assemblies from the radioactive carcass of the ticking time bomb that was once a nuclear power plant. If they fuck up, they lose a joint of a finger, because their over seers are management personnel employed by the Japanese Yakuza Mafia...but in reality, if they fuck up, we lose, at the very least, the West Coast of the USA. Well, I guess we just have to trust the Japanese. They have been dealing with his kind of stuff a lot longer than we have!
The navy spotted smoke about 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) south of Tokyo on Wednesday and Japan’s coastguard later verified the birth of the islet around the Ogasawara island chain.
Video footage showed plumes of smoke and ash billowing from the 200-metre island, and Japan’s coastguard said it was warning vessels to use caution in the area until the eruption cools off.
“Smoke is still rising from the volcanic island, and we issued a navigation warning to say that this island has emerged with ash falling in the area,” said a spokesman for the maritime agency.
He added that the islet may not last long due to erosion, but if enough volcanic lava surfaces and solidifies it could mark a new entry on the map. Similar eruptions in the early 1970s and mid-80s created tiny islets in Japan’s territory that have since been partially or completely eaten up by the ocean. Japan’s top government spokesman joked that he hoped the outcrop would mark an expansion of Tokyo’s maritime territory — a reference to diplomatic rows with China and South Korea over ownership of other islands far from the tiny islet.
“If this becomes a solid island, our country’s territorial waters will expand,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga quipped in response to questions about the new addition.
In September Pakistan also witnessed the birth of a new island — a mound of mud and rock 20 metres (70 feet) high and 90 metres wide created by a huge earthquake that hit the country’s southwest.
The phenomenon on the coastline near the port of Gwadar caused astonishment when it emerged from the Arabian Sea but experts also said it was unlikely to last long. I have to say that when I was very young, I was fascinated by the creation of the island of Surtsey, off the coat of Iceland in 1963. I became obsessed with geology and it led to a life long passion!