Volcanic Activity Is Raising WWII Ghost Ships on Iwo Jima

The ships were originally 20 feet underwater.

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TV Asahi‘s All-Nippon News Network has just reported some interesting occurrences taking place on the historically significant island Iō Tō (Iwo Jima).

The island’s name translates to “Sulpher Island” and gets its name from the sulfurous gas that the island vents out — many have reported that the island smells of rotten eggs. With the eruption of the underwater volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba back in August, a small island was formed. A day later, Nishinoshima volcano, located some 800 miles south of Tokyo, erupted. Curious as to what other changes may have occurred in the area, ANN News sent out a plane to investigate and were surprised when they witnessed dozen of ships from WWII scattered near the coast of Iwo To (west Iwo Jima).

While Kadena Air Base does say that these “ghost” ships were actually deliberately sunk for the use of building a pier in the area, historians mention that a total of 24 ships were scuttled to act as a breakwater for transporting supplies to the base. It was on this island where one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific War took place on February 19, 1945. It was a battle where 70,000 Marines fought against 18,000 Japanese soldiers for a total of 36 days. Although these ships were always present in the area, ANNnews reports that the recent volcanic activity has caused the island to lift and expose these sunken ships that were previously hidden.

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