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Volcanic eruption creates a new Pacific island, sinking another one



A volcanic eruption has created an island in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga, while another small island has been sunk nearby.

The former island of Lateiki is now submerged, according to the news site Matangi Tonga. The site reports, citing geologist Taaniela Kula, that the new Lateiki Island is about 328 feet wide and 1,312 feet long. The new island appeared 394 feet west of its smaller, now submerged predecessor.

The former Lateiki Island first appeared in 1995, GeoNet, a joint initiative of the New Zealand Earthquake Commission and GNS Science, tweeted satellite images of the area.

  An overlay of satellite imagery of the area. The picture on the right shows the relative positions of the new, larger island and its smaller, now submerged, successor in green.

An overlay of satellite imagery of the area. The picture on the right shows the relative positions of the new, larger island and its smaller, now submerged, successor in green.
(GeoNet / GNS / Landsat-8 / NASA / USGS)

"Since mid-October we have been tracking the eruption of #Lateiki (#Metis Shoal) with satellite imagery. Until November 1, an elongated island has moved into the center of activities.

The "Dome of 1995" or the former Lateiki Island "seems to have disappeared," she explained.

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A multi-year overlay composite image of satellite imagery shows the relative positions of the new and former Lateiki island.

Last year in total The Hawaiian island disappeared under Hurricane Walaka under the waves.

Christopher Carbone of Fox News contributed to this article.
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