Lost ‘ghost ships’ rise from the Ocean

Credit: Flickr. Iwo Jima battle

Lost ‘ghost ships’ rise from the Pacific Ocean after a volcanic eruption. The seismic activity has caused sunken World War II warships to emerge.

The ships have appeared around 800 miles from Tokyo. The warships are said to be from World War II. It is believed that ships are Japanese vessels. The U.S. Navy had captured the vessels in 1945 during the Iwo Jima battle.

The underwater volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba caused a new island to appear. The island started at around one kilometre wide. The island has been sinking since it appeared though. The C- shape island is now only a third the size that it started at.

So far 24 ships have reappeared. The ships also made an appearance above the water around 35 years ago. This was again due to seismic activity. They soon returned to the bottom of the ocean.

According to the US National Archives, the ships were used to provide a breakwater. There was no port in Iwo Jima, so the ships were sunk to provide one.

The director of the Volcano Research Promotion Centre Setsuya Nakada commented on the volcanic activity that caused the reappearance of the lost “ghost ships”. Nakada said: “The discoloured sea area has spread to surrounding areas, which indicates that the volcanic activity has not diminished yet.

“There is a possibility of a big eruption on Iwo Jima.”

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