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The volcanic eruption creates one new Pacific island, sinks another



A volcanic underwater eruption created an island in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga as it sank another small island nearby.

The former Latkei Island is already submerged, according to the Matangi Tonga news website. The website reports, citing geologist Taaniela Kula, that the new Latkeki Island is about 328 feet wide and 1,312 feet long. The new island appeared 394 feet west of its smaller, already submerged predecessor.

The earlier island of Latkei first appeared in 1995.

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the New Zealand government and GNS Science, tweeting satellite images of the area.

  Layering satellite images of the area. The image to the right shows the relative positions of the new larger island in green and its smaller, already submerged, successor.

Coverage of satellite images of the area. The image to the right shows the relative positions in green of the new, larger island and its smaller, already submerged, successor.
(GeoNet / GNS / Landsat-8 / NASA / USGS)

"We've been tracking #Lateiki (#Metis Shoal) # satellite satellite images since mid-October." Until November 1, an elongated island appears to be a major focus of activity, "he says.

The 1995 Dome, or the former Lateyki Island, "seems to have disappeared," he explained.

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Christopher Carbon on Fox News contributed to this article.
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