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Volcanic eruption gives birth to 'new island' in Japan

21 November 2013 Last updated at 12:00 GMT

Pictures released by the Japanese coast guard show a new island forced up by an underwater volcanic eruption in the seas a thousand kilometres south of the capital Tokyo.

Authorities say it is yet too early to determine if the landmass is here to stay.

According to Japanese media, the last time a volcano formed a new island in the area was in the 1970s.

Tom Santorelli reports.

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