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‘Ghost ships’ brought to surface after underwater volcano erupts

‘Ghost ships’ brought to surface after underwater volcano erupts
Second World War vessels lie around 1,200km south of Tokyo close to Iwo Jima

A series of underwater volcanic eruptions among 日本’s Ogasawara Islands have revealed sunken warships dating back to the 1940s.

ザ・ Second World War 血管, dubbed ghost ships, lie around 1,200km south of Tokyo close to the island of Iwo Jima, a speck of volcanic rock in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean.

While their existence has long been known about, the ships have been submerged below the sea for more than three decades

The vessels were sunk during the Battle of Iwo Jima, a brutal conflict described as one of the bloodiest in US Marine Corps history.

The battle came to define the Japanese military and its unwillingness to surrender.

The shipstransport vessels captured by the US Navywere deliberately sunk close to the shoreline at the end of the battle in order to provide a sheltered makeshift port for American troops.

今, with eruptions at the Fukutoku-Okanoba 火山 オン 13 August having formed a new island, 24 ships have been exposed again.

Images shared on social media showed the ships lying along a beach; the bleached hulls of the vessels having broken into big pieces but still largely intact.

Setsuya Nakada, of the National Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, told TV Asahi that he doubted the new island would exist for long as the new rock deposits had been observed collapsing. The demise of the island could see the sunken ships submerged once more.

彼が追加した: “Iwo Jima is the most rapidly changing volcano among the 110 active volcanoes in Japanespecially at this time of year, Nishinoshima, Fukutoku Okanoba, and Iwo Jima are all active.”

At the end of the Second World War, Iwo Jima was blasted almost flat in six weeks of intense fighting in February and March 1945.

When the battle was over, 7,000 Allied soldiers were dead and just 200 の 21,800 Japanese troops defending the island had been taken alive.