Science: Birth of an Island

Japanese seismologists detected the first rumblings last May. Since then, fishermen in the area have reported giant explosions and great whirlpools in the sea. Now the source of all this spectacular activity in the Pacific, 590 miles south of Tokyo, has come into view. With a series of deafening explosions, a newly born volcano has reared out of the sea, adding another small island to the Iwo Jima chain. After flying over the belching volcano last week, Japanese officials reported that the northern edge of the doughnut-shaped crater has risen some 160 ft. above sea level and the southern edge about...

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