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A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts say.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 660 feet in diameter. It is just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands.
The approximately 30 islands are 620 miles south of Tokyo, and along with the rest of Japan are part of the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire."
The coast guard issued an advisory Wednesday warning of heavy black smoke from the eruption. Television footage seen Thursday showed heavy smoke, billowing steam and waters roiling over the crater.
A volcanologist with the coast guard, Ito Hiroshi, told the FNN news network that it was possible the new island might be eroded away.