Underwater Volcanic Eruption in South Pacific Forms New Island


An underwater volcanic eruption in the South Pacific has spawned a new island near Tonga.

But before you book your tickets to this untouched paradise, be warned. Scientists have suggested it probably is too hot and unstable.

The 1,640-foot-long island resulted from the eruption of the Hunga Tonga volcano in December. Images taken Jan. 19 by the Pléiades, a high-resolution satellite operated by Airbus Defence and Space, showed the crater that emerged between two existing islands as a result of the volcano.

The rock and ash expelled from the volcano connected the crater to one of the two islands and wiped out all its vegetation, according to Airbus.

Tonga is a collection of some 170 islands.

Images from the new island showed a barren, gray landscape. The only redeeming feature was an emerald green sulfurous lake that formed on one end of the island.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Michael Casey

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