Lost 'ghost ships' rise from the Pacific Ocean after volcanic eruption

The sunken warships from World War II appeared about 800 miles from Tokyo. They are said to be Japanese ships that were captured by the US Navy during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945

Volcanic activity brought 24 World War II ships out of the Pacific Ocean

Two dozen “ghost ships” have risen from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean due to seismic activity.

The sunken warships from World War II appeared about 800 miles from Tokyo, footage and pictures show.

The seismic activity of an underwater volcano called Fukutoku-Okanoba created a new small C-shaped island with an initial diameter of about 1 km.

However, it has slowly declined since its inception and is now estimated to be a third of its original size.

According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the small island was formed from hardened lava and consists of pumice and volcanic ash.

But the same eruption also drove up 24 ships that sank during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

A small island was formed in Japan due to seismic activity
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During the battle, 70,000 US Marines fought against around 20,000 Japanese soldiers who were hiding in bunkers in the volcanic rock of the island.

By the end of the war, 20,000 Marines had been wounded and nearly 7,000 died.

Almost all Japanese soldiers were killed in what was one of the bloodiest battles in World War II.

The ships that rose from the ocean floor are said to be sunken Japanese ships that were captured by the US Navy after the battle.

The Battle of Iwo Jima took place in 1945
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Since Iwo Jima did not have a port, the ships were sunk parallel to the coastline to form a breakwater, they said US National Archives.

This is not the first time the warships have been visible, as seismic activity meant that they could also be seen 35 years ago before being pulled back to the bottom of the ocean.

Setsuya Nakada, director of the government’s Volcanic Research Promotion Center, said, “The discolored marine area has spread to the surrounding areas, suggesting that volcanic activity has not yet abated.

“There is a possibility of a major eruption on Iwo Jima.”

Japan has over 100 active volcanoes, which are reported to make up about 10% of all active volcanoes in the world Volcano discovery.

They are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is caused by subduction zones of the Pacific plate beneath continental and other oceanic plates along their margins.

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