NASA has discovered a new island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a tragic secret

NASA has unveiled a new island that’s only a few days old – but it already has a tragic story.

The US space agency used powerful satellite cameras to capture a lone rocky outcrop formed by volcanic eruptions.


A new island is formed in the Pacific OceanCredit: NASA/Tonga Geological Services
The area of ​​the island is estimated to be about six acres


The area of ​​the island is estimated to be about six acresCredit: NASA/Tonga Geological Services

It is located in the southwestern Pacific region, famous for its underwater volcanoes.

“On September 10, 2022, someone woke up,” NASA explained.

“In the days that followed, the Hum Reef seamount in the Central Tonga islands repeatedly caused lava to ooze, expelling plumes of steam and ash, and changing the color of the surrounding waters.”

The island was estimated to rise 33 feet above sea level and about an acre on September 14, according to NASA and the Cabinet. Tonga Geological services.

But it has since grown to six acres – about 24,000 square metres.

The island formed in an area with a ridge on the sea floor stretching from New Zealand to Tonga – with the highest density of underwater volcanoes anywhere in the world.

NASA reports that the new island rose 11 hours after the eruption began.

The images show plumes of “ultra-hot acidic sea water” sprouting from the island, containing volcanic rock fragments and sulfur.

The island is located southwest of the Late Island, northeast of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, and northwest of Mo’unga’one.

It is above Home Reef, where three tectonic plates collide with each other at relatively high speeds.

But it’s bad news for new island fans: Its existence may be short-lived.

Volcanic islands often disappear very quickly, even if they are very large.

So the new island may face a tragic end in the near future.

However, there is hope: some new volcanic islands persist for years.

“Home Reef experienced four recorded periods of eruptions, including the events of 1852 and 1857,” NASA explained.

Small islands formed temporarily after both events, and volcanic eruptions in 1984 and 2006 produced ephemeral islands with cliffs 50 to 70 meters high.

“An island created by a 12-day volcanic eruption drifted from nearby Latiki volcano in 2020 two months later, while an earlier island created in 1995 by the same volcano remained for 25 years.”

It is unclear how long this new island will take to disintegrate.

Fortunately, satellite images give us a clear view of her majesty – so history will never be forgotten.

But while island fans will love the news, officials are warning ships to stay away from the area due to the ash fall.

The Tonga Department of Geology warned that “the volcano poses a low risk to the aviation community and the residents of Vava’u and Hapai.”

“However, all seafarers are advised to sail more than 4 kilometers from Home Reef until further notice.”

The island rises about 33 feet above sea level


The island rises about 33 feet above sea levelCredit: NASA/Tonga Geological Services
Columns of very hot acidic seawater surround the island


Columns of very hot acidic seawater surround the islandCredit: NASA/Tonga Geological Services
The island was created by an underwater volcanic eruption


The island was created by an underwater volcanic eruptionCredit: NASA/Tonga Geological Services

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