A new island has emerged out of the Pacific Ocean, but it may soon disappear

An underwater volcano near Tonga erupted earlier this month, creating a new island. The island has grown from one to more than eight acres in size. The Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone is creating an active area for undersea volcanoes. An island created by the nearby Late’iki Volcano in 1995 lasted for 25 years, but it may not last long, NASA says. The region of submarine volcanoes flared up in 1852, 1857, 1984 and 2006.

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