Volcanic activity in Japan brings World War II shipwrecks to the surface

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While the eruption of Cumbre Vieja continues to disrupt the lives of the residents of La Palma in the Canary Islands (Spain) and producing spectacular images, other volcanoes have become increasingly active in different corners of the planet during this time. This is the case of Fukutoku Okanoba, located in the Ogasawara Islands, in Japan, which erupted in August.

Last August 13, a large-scale eruption occurred in this underwater volcano after a year of calm and formed an islet of rock and ash in the vicinity of the island of Iwo Jima.

Shipwreck Iwojima
Iwo Jima was the site of a fierce battle between the U.S. Marines and the forces of the Empire of Japan Army from February to March 1945

Most strikingly, however, this volcanic activity has caused several sunken World War II ships to surface on the island of Iwo Jima, as recorded by Japan’s All Nipon News.

This eruption has caused the island to “rise” and the remains of these ships to be exposed, according to the director of the Volcano Research Promotion Center, Setsuya Nakada.

Iwo Jima was the site of a fierce battle between the U.S. Marines and the forces of the Empire of Japan Army from February to March 1945.

On the fate of the islet generated as a result of volcanic activity, the director of the Center for the Promotion of Volcano Research believes it will be “short-lived.” “As for Iwo Jima, it is the most rapidly changing volcano among the 110 active volcanoes in Japan. It can rise up to about 10 centimeters per month at a stretch, especially at this time of year,” he notes.

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