Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) has confirmed that the world’s newest island, Iwo Jima, has risen from the sea off the coast of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean.

The unnamed island was formed by an undersea volcanic eruption, as documented in pictures taken by the country’s Maritime Self-Defense Force on November 1.

The Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo confirmed the island-forming eruption took place on October 30.

Setsuya Nakada, a professor emeritus of volcanology at the University of Tokyo, said magma had been building under the water for some time before it finally broke the surface.

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