Is­lands lost and gained

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

AN undersea vol­canic erup­tion in the Ton­gan ar­chi­pel­ago has sunk one is­land but cre­ated an­other three times larger, ge­ol­o­gists said yes­ter­day.

The new Lateiki is­land is es­ti­mated to be about 100m wide and 400m long, and is about 120m west of its pre­de­ces­sor, be­tween Kao and Late in the north­ern Ha’apai group of is­lands. The up­heaval fol­lowed an 18-day undersea erup­tion last month in an area prone to earth­quakes and vol­ca­noes. Tonga sits on the Ring of Fire in the Pa­cific Ocean.

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