WW2 ghost ships sunk in battle 80 years ago raised from sea by volcanic tremors

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Sunken Japanese World War 2 ships have been uncovered from the sea after nearly 80 years due to volcanic activity in the area.

Footage has captured the remains of 24 former transport ships, which were sunk by the US navy, resting on the seabed around Iwo Jima as the tide goes out.

The heavily decomposed ghost ships have only been uncovered due to volcanic activity from beneath the island’s Mount Suribachi, which has 110 active volcanoes.

Iwo Jima is an uninhabited island except for a Japanese military base.

During WW2, ships were moved to the island to create a port to prepare for the US Navy invading.

These particular boats were used as a barrier to shield other boats that were transporting soldiers and weapons.

However, Iwo Jima was captured by the US in a bloody battle that saw 216 Japanese troops being captured with around 20,000 being killed.

Footage was captured by All Nippon News as they documented the western side of Iwo Jima, highlighting the raised levels that had brought the ships to the surface.

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The footage also showed the ships were resting on nearby volcanic ash.

However, the last known major eruption was back in 2012, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

Setsuya Nakada, the director of the government's Volcano Research Promotion Centre, told the All Nippon News: "The discoloured sea area has spread to surrounding areas, which indicates that the volcanic activity has not diminished yet."

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Nakada also suggested that there was a big possibility of a huge eruption on Iwo Jima.

Mount Suribachi is a staggering 554ft and is classed by the Japanese government as one of the 10 most dangerous peaks in the country.

Today, another of Japan’s mountains erupted with Mount Aso sending smoke into the sky.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the warning level for the mountain is three on a warning scale of five.

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Mount Aso regularly erupts and has been fatal over the years. In 1953, the eruption killed six people and injured 90.

  • World War 2
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