The sunken warships from World War II emerged about 800 miles from Tokyo. They are said to be Japanese vessels that were captured by the US Navy during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945
Japan: Volcano eruptions cause WWII shipwrecks to surface
Two dozen “ghost ships” have risen from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean due to seismic activity.
The sunken warships from World War II emerged about 800 miles from Tokyo, footage and pictures show.
Seismic activity from an underwater volcano called Fukutoku-Okanoba created a new small C-shaped island which was initially about 1km in diameter.
However, since it emerged, it has been slowly sinking and is now estimated to be one-third of its original size.
According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the small island was formed by hardened lava and is made of pumice and volcanic ash.
But the same eruption also pushed up 24 ships that sank during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
Because of seismic activity a small island emerged in Japan
During the battle, 70,000 US marines fought against around 20,000 Japanese soldiers who were hiding out in bunkers within the island’s volcanic rocks.
By the end of the war, 20,000 marines had been wounded and nearly 7,000 died.
Nearly all the Japanese soldiers were killed in the battle, which was one of the bloodiest of World War 2.
The vessels that have risen from the bottom of the sea are said to be sunken Japanese ships that were captured by the US Navy in the aftermath of the battle.
The battle of Iwo Jima took place in 1945
Since Iwo Jima had no port, the ships were sunken parallel to the shoreline to form a breakwater, according to the US National Archives.
This is not the first time the warships are visible as they could also be seen 35 years ago because of seismic activity before being dragged to the bottom of the ocean again.
Setsuya Nakada, director of the government’s Volcano Research Promotion Centre, said: “The discoloured sea area has spread to surrounding areas, which indicates that the volcanic activity has not diminished yet.
“There is a possibility of a big eruption on Iwo Jima.”
Japan has over 100 active volcanoes, which account for about 10% of all active volcanoes in the world, according to Volcano Discovery.
They belong to the Pacific Ring of Fire, caused by subduction zones of the Pacific plate beneath continental and other oceanic plates along its margins.