A new island was born as soon as the volcano erupted underwater, NASA took the picture, see too
Earlier this month, the Home Reef volcano in the ‘Central Tonga Islands’ began spewing lava, steam and ash. NASA’s Earth Observatory has reported that a new island has formed just 11 hours after the explosion.
NASA said in its press release that the size of this newly born island was growing rapidly. Researchers from Tonga Geological Services estimated that the island would have an area of 4,000 square meters (1 acre) and an elevation of 10 meters (33 ft) above sea level. However, on September 20, the size was found to be 24,000 square meters (6 acres).
The US space agency said the new island is located on the Home Reef seamount in the central Tonga Islands. However, this is insufficient for human habitation. NASA has explained the reason for this, saying that the islands formed by the eruption of volcanoes present under the sea are short-lived. That is, they can exist for a few months or even years.
It is said that in the year 2020, an island formed by a 12-day eruption in the Leteki volcano was washed away two months later, while an island created by an eruption in the same volcano in 1995 survived for 25 years. The Home Reef volcano was still erupting Monday, according to a Facebook post from Tonga Geological Services. Now it remains to be seen how long the island created by this explosion can survive.
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