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Japan surveys expanding new island

2:48pm IST - 00:57

The Japanese Coast Guard sends ships to take a closer look at recently-formed island still growing because of volcanic activity. Paul Chapman reports.

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The island of Nishinoshima is relatively new to Japan. The island was the tiny tip of an undersea volcano which suddenly erupted in 2013. What was a speck at just 200 metres across has since grown to 2.7 square kilometres, bigger than the city state of Monaco...and it's still growing. The Japanese Coast Guard's now sent ships to survey the island. There's a four-kilometre exclusion zone in place because of the continuing volcanic activity. The Coast Guard crews are using unmanned remote controlled vessels to get a closer look. Before this the volcano's been so active and because it lies 1, 000 kilometres south of Tokyo, it's previously only been studied from the air.

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Japan surveys expanding new island

2:48pm IST - 00:57