The new volcanic island was visible in satellite images after emerging from the ocean off the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. (Image credit: ESA/USGS)

A newborn island which has recently emerged from the Pacific Ocean after an underwater volcanic eruption is now visible from space, images from the European Space Agency (ESA) reveal. Satellite images show the new landmass located about 1 kilometer off the coast of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

The submerged volcano began erupting on October 21, with activity intensifying over the next 10 days. On October 30, explosions were occurring every few minutes, according to a translated statement. The eruption threw large chunks of rock into the air and sent a jet of gas and ash more than 50 meters almost vertically above the water’s surface.

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