In the last few decades, several new islands have been spotted in the oceans, and this is mainly because of some changes that affect the entire planet. The global changes in weather, industry, overpopulation can bring to a lot of bad things on our planet, but from time to time it brings something good. That something is in the post below so check out the new gems that nature so graciously decided to award us with.
Hunga Ha’apai, Tonga
For more than a month, in 2015, an underwater volcano in the Pacific was ejecting ash and magma high in the air. In an area known as the “Fire Ring” ash deposits formed a new island, called Hunga Tonga. It covers an area of 1.55 square kilometers, and it’s located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south-southeast of Fonuafoʻou (also known as Falcon Island), an island which is part of the nation of Tonga.
Islands of Jadid and Scholan, Yemen
They appeared in 2011 and 2013 in the Red Sea, in the Zubair archipelago between Africa and the Arabian island. Scientists believe that tectonic activities that led to the formation of these two islands could reveal unprecedented volcanic activity in that area.
Four years ago, after a volcanic eruption in the Pacific, a small island was born, which continued to grow until it merged with the island of Nishinoshima near it. The Japanese Coast Guard announced in 2015 that the island has grown 12 times more than its original size. It is the world’s youngest islands, located off the coast of Japan, and it formed in two explosive phases according to the experts. According to the researchers, it was created by “Surtseyan” and “Strombolian” eruptions.
Zalzala Koh, Pakistan
Satellite images showed that, after an earthquake of 7.8 degrees on the Richter Scale, 233 kilometers southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan, the island of Zalzal (Zalzala Koh or Zalzala Jazeera) rose from the sea. It did not go long before the tourists rushed to it, despite the warnings that toxic fumes are coming out of the cracks in the ground. The surface of this flat island is covered with dead sea creatures, mud, sand and rocks.
Home Reef, Tonga
Home Reef, Tonga represents the so-called “eternal island” – the one that is born, erodes, re-forms, erodes, and thus indefinitely … This phenomenon is caused by an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, not far from Late Island and just southwest of Vava’u along the Tofua volcanic arc in Tonga. The island has so far been above the oceanic surface in 1852, 1857, 1984 and 2006.
Metis Shoal, Tonga
Metis Shoal is a shoal at the top of an underwater volcano, located between the island of Kao and Late in Tonga. This volcano was first spotted in 1851 when magma and ash on the sea surface formed an island, which was soon decomposed by the ocean currents. The most recent eruption occurred in 1995 when a 43-meter high island rose above the water.