Volcanic activity seems to have abated and seabirds have immigrated to inhabit Nishinoshima island, south of Tokyo, an Asahi Shimbun aerial survey revealed Feb. 10.
Small columns of smoke were rising from the crater on the island in the Ogasawara island chain, about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, but no volcanic eruption was confirmed.
In November 2013, a new islet was created beside Nishinoshima through underwater volcanic activity. The two later merged, increasing the size of the overall island.
On Feb. 10, the Asahi mission noted that white seabirds were occupying the plateau where the land surface remains the same as it was before the eruption, i.e., not covered in lava, but instead baring light green patches that appear to be grass.
No plants were confirmed in the area where new lava has solidified, but small dark-colored seabirds were spotted flying over it.
Small columns of smoke were seen billowing from along the rim of the crater and parts of the ocean surrounding the island were light brown.
According to the Japan Coast Guard, which observes Nishinoshima from the air every month, eruptions were not confirmed during a survey on Feb. 3.
The last recorded eruption was on Nov. 17, 2015, the coast guard said.
February 17, 2016. Nishinoshima, Japan :
Source : Asahi.com
Photos : Naoko Kawamura