This incredible island just off Tonga was formed earlier this year in January, as a result of underwater volcanic activity. Tonga has yet to actually give a name to the island but it may not even be worth the effort, as the island is expected to dissolve back into the ocean.
Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the view of the island from the water is incredible.
The island measures at about 1 mile long and is completely barren of any life aside from the three people who decided to visit.
The site at which the island formed is about 23 miles away from Tonga’s capital city, Nuku’alofa.
There is currently a proposal to name the island after Akilisi Pohiva, who is the current prime minister of the Kingdom of Tonga.
The Kingdom of Tonga is actually comprised of over 177 islands just east of Fiji.
The three visitors to the island are comprised of a tour operator, his friend and his son.
Gianpiero Orbassano is the 63-year-old tour operator, and it was his idea to take his boat to get a close look at the island.
Experts say that visiting the island is quite dangerous, as it is mostly comprised of volcanic ash that may not be sufficiently cool or stable.
It is estimated that the island’s highest point is 820 feet above the sea.
Orbassano has warned others that the surface of the island is still very hot.
In the middle of the island lies a massive crater at the site of volcanic activity.
The crater has since filled with water, but escaping gas has made the water quite toxic.
Because the island is made almost entirely of volcanic ash, it is expected to erode into the ocean at an extremely fast rate. Some scientists estimate that it will only take a few months for the fragile island to disappear.
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