RAW Footage: Volcano Gives Birth to New Island in Japan

Japan’s territory got a little bit bigger Wednesday after an eruption of an undersea volcano led to the birth of a small new island.

Pictures and video of the eruption show the new island form as smoke pours from an undersea volcano off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited island in Tokyo’s southern Ogasawara chain of islands.

The new, oval-shaped land mass measures about 200 meters long at its greatest point.

The eruption prompted the Japanese Coast Guard to issue a warning to ships around the area, as billowing smoke pours into the atmosphere and the threat of another eruption is still present.

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