Volcanic activity, seismic shifts: WWII ships from Battle of Iwo Jima raised from watery graves

Eruptions from volcanos in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands have caused movements in the earth’s crust, created a new island, and raised ships sunk during the Battle of Iwo Jima above the sea surface, according to Japan’s TV Asahi.

According to the TV Asahi report, the submarine volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba, situated around 50 kilometers south of Iwo Jima, erupted on August 13.

Researchers from the Comprehensive Volcano Research Center of the National Institute of Earth Sciences and Disaster Prevention of Japan took a flight to observe the area on October 17, and found that a new island had appeared on the surface of the sea at Fukuoka Field.

Newly formed island at the Fukuoka Field (volcanic area), Ogasawara Islands, Japan, October 17, 2021.

Discolored water around nearby Nishinoshima Island suggested that volcanic activity had not yet decreased.

And at Iwo Jima Island, due to crustal movement and uplifted terrain, the wrecks of World War Two era ships were visible on what was previously the seabed.

Institute Director Setsuya Nakada, also noted that Iwo Jima is the most active volcano among the 110 active volcanoes in Japan. It is currently active at the same time as Nishinoshima and “Fukuoka Field”. “I think (Iwo Jima) a big eruption is possible,” Nakada said.

Ships from the Battle of Iwo Jima
Ships from the Battle of Iwo Jima now visible above the waterline. TV Asahi (All Nippon News).
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