Officials: Underwater volcano triggered column of steam to rise from ocean
Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday they believe an underwater volcanic eruption has caused a 3,300-foot high column of steam to rise from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima.
The vapor was reported Saturday after Japanese troops stationed on the small island observed the massive, cloudy plume rise from the sea about 30 miles southeast of the island, said Maritime Self-Defense Forces Hiroshi Shirai.
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|An aerial view of an eruption of the underwater volcano is seen in the Pacific Ocean near Minami Iwo Jima island on Sunday