In this aerial image taken December 25, a new islet (bottom) is seen connected with the existing Nishino Shima island off Japan.
Brian Clark Howard
Published January 3, 2014
Japan’s newest island keeps on growing, and it has now taken on a cartoonish look.
Previously called Niijima, the volcanic island that first broke above the Pacific Ocean on November 20 has merged with a neighboring uninhabited island called Nishino Shima as it continues to expand.
The small volcanic island sits about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo in Japanese waters, part of a chain of about 30 small islands called the Bonin Islands, or the Ogasawara chain.
The newest island is now about eight times bigger than it was when it first emerged. On November 20, it was about 1,640 feet (500 meters) off Nishino Shima, but the two islands have joined together, their growing connection marked…
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