Lost ‘ghost ships’ rise from the Ocean

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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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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