Skins24 Posted July 4, 2005 Share Posted July 4, 2005 http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050703/kyodo/d8b3rmbo0.html Steam plume in Pacific confirmed as undersea volcanic eruption (Kyodo) _ A column of steam rising 1 kilometer high Saturday about 5 kilometers northeast of uninhabited Minami-Iwojima Island in the Pacific was caused by an eruption of an undersea volcano, the Japan Coast Guard said Sunday. A Maritime Self-Defense Force member at the MSDF's aviation base on Iwojima Island, north of Minami-Iwojima Island, spotted the column of water vapor about 1,000 meters high and 50-100 meters thick at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. The coast guard conducted an aerial survey and confirmed the undersea volcanic eruption. The water in the area has become yellowish brown over a 1-km area due to the eruption, the coast guard said. The color of the sea water began changing in mid-May, according to the Defense Agency. The volcano is located about 50 km south-southeast of Iwojima Island. Minami-Iwojima is about 1,400 kilometers south of Tokyo. The islands comprise the Ogasawara island chain. Previous eruptions of the volcano were observed in 1986 and 1992. The Japan Meteorological Agency said there are no seismic gauges in the immediate area. One on Hahajima Island detected no seismic activity. An island rose at the site of the volcano due to the eruption in the early 1900s. But it later eroded into the sea. http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050703105409990001&ncid=NWS00010000000001 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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