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Volcanic activity has exposed WWII shipwrecks

Volcanic activity in the Pacific has exposed the wrecks of rusting World War II ships sunk during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Japan’s Asahi TV reported that volcanic eruptions in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands have caused uplifts in the earth’s crust. As a result of the volcanic activity, a new island has appeared in the ocean.
Published: October 21, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:29
Volcanic activity has exposed WWII shipwrecks

Volcanic activity in the Pacific has exposed the wrecks of rusting World War II ships sunk during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Japan’s Asahi TV reported that volcanic eruptions in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands have caused uplifts in the earth’s crust. As a result of the volcanic activity, a new island has appeared in the ocean. And off the coast of Iwo Jima Island, the sea has brought to the surface the wrecks of vessels sunk by the Americans during World War II.

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Volcanic activity has exposed wrecks in Japan According to reports carried by Asian media, the underwater volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba, located about 50 km south of Iwo Jima, erupted on August 13. And on October 17, scientists from Japan’s Comprehensive Volcano Research Centre of the National Institute of Earth Sciences and Disaster Prevention took a flight to observe the area and discovered that a new island had appeared on the sea surface, at the height of Fukuoka city.

During the flight, the researchers also observed and recorded World War II wrecks. These are vessels that the Americans sank during the fierce battles for Iwo Jima. The wrecks had rested on the ocean floor until now, but the piling up of the area has brought them back to the surface.

Institute director Setsuya Nakada also noted that Iwo Jima is the most active volcano of all 110 active volcanoes in Japan. He also stressed that he believes a large eruption of this volcano is very possible.

American flag World War II The wrecks exposed by the sea were probably vessels sunk during the construction of the US port. The base was intended to be a foothold for the US Navy to conduct raids into the Empire of Japan. From a strategic point of view, Iwo Jima was a key location during the fighting in the Pacific. The Japanese heavily fortified the island to reinforce their inner defensive belt. The capture of the island by the Americans is commemorated in a famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal, which shows soldiers planting a star-spangled banner on top of Mount Suribachi.

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Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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