Japan: World War II shipwrecks rise from the ocean floor after Aso volcano explosion

An underwater volcano and associated tectonic activity near Japan’s Ogasawara chain of islands has raised Iwo Jima Island, exposing a fleet of World War II shipwrecks.

Black Beach on Iwo To Island, formerly known as Iwo Jima, was stormed by thousands of U.S. Marines on February 19, 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Many relics of the war are still at the bottom.

The ghostly fleet of shipwrecks, often seen partially submerged in the water, now seems nailed to the black sandy beaches of a small volcanic island.

The island, whose name translates to “sulfur island,” was the site of a battle in February 1945, when more than 100,000 American soldiers fought 20,000 Japanese defenders over its volcanic terrain and imposing Mount Suribachi.

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