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Volcanic Activity In Japan Is Lifting Abandoned Ships Out Of The Ocean

An undersea volcano and related tectonic activity near the Ogasawara island chain in Japan has raised the island of Iwo Jima, exposing a fleet of partially sunken Second World War ships.

Aerial footage from the Japanese All-Nippon News Network reported the strange phenomenon on Monday.
The black beach on Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima, was stormed by thousands of U.S. Marines Feb. 19, 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Many relics of the war remain in the waters and scattered among the sands.

The ghostly fleet of wrecks, which can often be seen partially submerged, now appear beached on the small volcanic island’s black sandy beaches.

The island, the name of which translates to “sulphur island” was the site of a battle in February 1945, when more than 100,000 US soldiers fought 20,000 Japanese defenders over its volcanic terrain and the imposing Mt Suribachi.

US marines of the Fifth Division, raise the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, Japan, on February 23, 1945.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So the island 'raised', the wrecks were not 'washed up' on shore... That makes sense.... Of course, such phenomena also raises the question... could a major quake in the future 'sink' the island?? Not a pleasant thought... Cheers, RickO

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