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

NASA has discovered a new island that is only a few days old, but already has a tragic history.

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

A new island has formed in the Pacific Ocean

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A new island has formed in the Pacific OceanCredit: NASA / Tonga Geological Services
The island is estimated at around six acres

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The island is estimated at around six acresCredit: NASA / Tonga Geological Services

It is in an area of ​​the southwestern Pacific Ocean known for its underwater volcanoes.

“On September 10, 2022, one of them woke up,” NASA said.

“In the days that followed, the Home Reef seamount in the central islands of Tonga repeatedly oozed lava, ejected plumes of steam and ash, and discolored the surrounding water.”

The island was estimated to be 33 feet above sea level and around one acre on September 14, according to Nasa and the Tonga Geological Services.

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But it has since expanded to six acres – around 24,000 square meters.

The island formed in an area with a ridge of seabed that stretches from New Zealand to Tonga – with the highest density of underwater volcanoes in the world.

NASA suggests that the new island rose as early as 11 hours after the eruption began.

The images show plumes of “superheated and acidic seawater” extending from the island, containing fragments of volcanic rock and sulphur.

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

It’s at the top of Home Reef, where three tectonic plates are colliding at relatively fast speeds.

But that’s bad news for new fans of the island: its existence may be short-lived.

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

The new island could therefore come to a tragic end in the near future.

There is hope, however: some new volcanic islands last for years.

“Home Reef has had four periods of recorded eruptions, including events in 1852 and 1857,” NASA explained.

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

“An island created by a 12-day eruption of nearby volcano Late’iki in 2020 was swept away after two months, while an earlier island created in 1995 by the same volcano remained for 25 years.”

It is not known how long this new island will take to disintegrate.

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

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

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“The volcano poses low risk to the aviation community and residents of Vava’u and Ha’apai,” the Geological Survey of Tonga warned.

“However, all mariners are advised to sail beyond 4 kilometers from Home Reef until further notice.”

The island rises about 33 feet above sea level

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

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

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

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