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New images of growing Japanese island Nishino-shima

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New Japanese island that emerged as a result of underwater volcano eruption on November 21, 2013 and merged with nearby Nishino-shima island on December 25, 2013 continues to grow.

According to Japan Coast Guard, and based on observations conducted on March 24, the island is now about 1 150 m from East to West and about 850 m from North to South. 

The eruptive phase is still in progress and new crater has formed on the north side of the island. Japan will be entitled to count on the increase of its territorial waters. According to the international naval law, 12 nautical miles from the coastline of the state is considered its territorial sea.

The following images were taken on March 24, 2014. Scroll down the article to see the island as it emerged from the ocean.

Taken on March 24, 2014. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

Taken on March 24, 2014. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

Taken on March 24, 2014. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

Taken on March 24, 2014. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

Images below were taken on February 28, 2014:

Taken on February 28, 2014. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

Taken on February 28, 2014. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

The two islands, newly created Niijima and Nishino-shima, merged on December 25, 2014. NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite flew over the area on December 24 and took the following image:

Acquired on December 24, 2013. Image credit: NASA / Earth Observatory (ALI – EO-1). 

Image below shows the two islands as seen on December 8, 2013.

Acquired on December 8, 2013. Image credit: NASA / Earth Observatory (ALI – EO-1). 

And finally, this is how the scene looked like when Niijima emerged from the Pacific Ocean on November 21, 2013.

Images of an eruption taken on November 21, 2013. Image courtesy of Japan Coast Guard.

Featured image: Japan Coast Guard

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