Japan reports possible underwater volcanic eruption

05 July 2005 | 12:55 Code : 5316 Geoscience events
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A 1,000-metre high column of steam – likely from an underwater volcanic eruption – shot into the sky over the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima, ...

A 1,000-metre high column of steam – likely from an underwater volcanic eruption – shot into the sky over the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima, Japanese coast guard officials said. The vapour was reported Sunday by Japanese troops stationed on the island, about 1,125 kilometres southeast of Tokyo.

There's an undersea volcano in the area known as Fukutokuoka-no-ba. It last erupted in 1986.

Coast guard officials who flew over the area Sunday said the surface of the water appeared red, which could indicate underwater volcanic activity. Another survey found greyish mud rising from the ocean bottom.

Officials will continue to monitor the site on Monday.

Japan's meteorological agency says there was no danger of tsunamis, but they've issued an international warning to ships to stay away from the area.

CBC News

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